Wednesday, May 23, 2012

It’s a…..


We had our ultrasound today, at 18 weeks 1 day. IMG_2338

Everything checked out great, all extremities present and accounted for, no seen intrauterine bands, four heart chambers seemingly flowing in the right direction, a heart rate of 166, gall bladder, stomach, kidneys, bladders, all accounted for.

Baby was actually being a little shy, not wanting to show his face at first, and then he actually had his hands between his legs (that’s when I suspected it was a boy ;)), and Alexa actually called it when she saw the baby’s head circumference she said “Oh yeah, it’s a boy, a girl’s head is not like that” :)

It wasn’t until towards the end of the ultrasound, we got a perfect shot of his “parts” to know for sure what we were having. IMG_2339

Tim and I saw it first and made eye contact, and then the (super sweet) ultrasound tech started talking the kids through it. Tim asked Treyton if he saw anything and he said “Yeah, a weiner. Girls don’t have weiners.” and Tim said, no they don’t. So at that point, we assumed that he “got it”, however, about 2 minutes later he said “So do we know if it’s a boy or girl yet?” So we had to explain to him again, that what he saw on the screen was in fact our baby, and it was a boy. IMG_2335

When the tech told us “I’m not allowed to say with 100% certainty of course, but…” Treyton was thrown for a loop…. and was like “Well, when will we know 100%, what do we have to do to know 100%?” (oh, how I love the mind of our absolute, black and white child!)

We are measuring right on for the October 23rd due date.

We are still undecided on a name, which is a first for us, usually by now, we’ve already known for a while. We have a girl name, but have 2 options for boy names…. I think we’re pretty decided on one, but still not for sure, so I’ll try to keep it to myself until we know.

Treyton is super pumped for a baby brother and is already talking about all the things he is going to teach him. And I’m happy to say Alexa is not really bummed at all, even though she wanted another sister. She’s still okay with a brother, and all Audrey likes to do is rub, hit and kiss my belly – I’m pretty sure that’s her way of showing the baby she loves him too.

I put on four pounds in the last five weeks, my blood pressure was normal and all seems well on big mama’s end.

Our next appointment is in 4 weeks, when all they will do is a heart beat check and belly measurement.   

Monday, May 21, 2012

First Camping Trip 2012

This past weekend (May 18th-21st) we went on our first family camping trip to High Cliff State Park. We decided to stick close to home, being last minute, and our first trip of the year we figured this was our best bet.

We got a great campsite (#106) for being last minute, and the weather couldn’t have been better.  IMG_2247 We left Friday night, after Tim got home from work. By the time we got there, got our water tank filled and the camper level, it was about 8 o’clock. I made a quick fire, while Tim was leveling the camper, so we enjoyed smore our first night, just to make sure we were actually camping :) IMG_2248_edited-1

We (and by we I mean Tim) got all three kids to fit in the two bunk beds (Treyton on top, girls on bottom), Audrey didn’t sleep well the first night, but by the third night I think she got the hang of it. IMG_2249

Saturday after breakfast we decided to go on a family bike ride. Alexa wanted to ride her bike, and we let her. She’s actually a great bike rider, Treyton has taught her well. IMG_2261

The loop we took (from the campsites to the tower) was 3.4 miles. Alexa made it on her own the entire way there!! IMG_2253It was a beautiful trail, there were a couple nice scenic spots, we stopped to rest at one where you had a beautiful view of Lake Winnebago. IMG_2254 



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She rode back in the trailer with Audrey to get back, just because we never want to over work her knees, and because even though she wouldn’t really admit it, you could tell she was wearing down.

Treyton raced to the top of the tower ahead of the rest of us. IMG_2266

That sort of stuff gives me a heart attack, but Tim usually makes me let him (I guess that’s what dad’s are for). IMG_2265

The view was beautiful. IMG_2267 



Oh yeah…. after we did the tower, Audrey was up on Tim’s shoulders cuddling – I took the camera out to take a picture and then she started acting goofy, leaning back and forward as far as she could without falling and laughing.


IMG_2283I was taking pictures of her, when she finally leaned a little too far back…. the look she made (and I was able to capture) was hilariously priceless!! Tim said the camping trip was worth it just because we got this picture! IMG_2284

After we got back to campsite we made lunch and then headed out for ice cream in Sherwood. After eating our very fast-melting cones and dishes, we were sitting at our picnic table when all of sudden, we hear a “zap” and Treyton starts screaming! Apparently, the fence that he was playing near was electric – a surprise to all of us, but mostly just him. IMG_2301(Here he is, with the fence, obviously not too happy, he got the shock on his left elbow)

After naps and resting time, we ate dinner, had some more smores and took showers for the night.

Sunday was church, and after church we went out to eat.

After we got back to the campsite, we decided to try swimming. IMG_2309The weather was warm enough, but as you would expect the water was a little chilly – though not as cold as any of us actually expected. IMG_2304

Treyton and Tim swam, Alexa got most of her body in and Audrey and I after getting our feet “damp” sat on the grassy area and watched our crazy family. IMG_2317

That night we had rueben and grilled cheese pudgy pies (AMAZING) and of course MORE smores!       IMG_2321 We packed up most the campsite and went to bed. IMG_2322

We headed out early this morning for dad to get back to work at a reasonable time. We managed to feed the kids breakfast, load up, empty our tanks, get home, unpacked and a load of laundry in all by about 9:30!! IMG_2319

It was a very relaxing and fun camping trip. None of the kids wanted to come home (well maybe Audrey did, I’m not sure, she didn’t say :)), Alexa says she loves camping and she wants to do it her whole life, forever. Treyton loves being with his family no matter where he is, but camping is his element for sure – all the biking and smore eating – the kid is in little man paradise!!        IMG_2289 I’m so glad we took this camping trip, although it was unplanned and I forgot a few things here and there, it was so nice to spend that time together as a family and to just enjoy one another, God’s creation and the beautiful weather He blessed us with.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Alexaisms: Peacock

Right as we were leaving the zoo last week, we saw a peacock strutting his stuff right outside the door. The kids were inches away. Alexa must not recall having ever seen one open before, because she was completely taken by the entire experience.

She looked at the peacock and gasped “Wow! Look at all his eyes!!”

Treyton quickly corrected her mistake, but she didn’t believe until I backed him up.

IMG_2223 (This picture is from a different day… but you get the “picture”)

Soccer 2012

This year we chose soccer as our family sport. Alexa and Treyton are both on teams. They play every Monday and Wednesday evening from June until mid-July.

Tonight were the soccer pictures – I wasn’t able to get ones of the kids individually but I did get their team pictures. IMG_2232 


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Audrey – What She’s Saying

IMG_2039 (Isn’t she adorable even with a little shiner? She seriously walked around with this helmet on her head for 30 minutes this afternoon while playing outside)

Audrey has been a little slow in learning to talk.

Up until recently she said four words – very sparingly:

  • Mom
  • Dad
  • Bye
  • Please

She would say “bye” anytime someone would leave and it was by far her most used, and consistent word.

She is an excellent communicator and gets her point across very well by pointing, grunting and tapping.

In the past two weeks, we’ve gotten her to try a few more words, they aren’t very clear and if she wasn’t repeating after one of us I don’t know if you would even know what she was saying, but the consonant sounds are slowly coming and she’s at least beginning to try.

  • Bubbles (this one she actually says pretty well, but not only when there are bubbles, but sometimes when she is trying to talk about something else, I can’t figure out exactly what it means to her)
  • Bee
  • Cow
  • Goat
  • More
  • Book

It doesn’t sound like much, but this is pretty huge for her. Just trying to put sounds (primarily consonants) together is great progress, and I think once she finally starts being understood, she’s really going to take off.

We actually have a speech therapist coming in next week to do an evaluation on her. We haven’t decided yet if we want to pursue anything right now or not, but wanted to see where she was, at this point, and what our options might be. Please keep us and Audrey in your prayers, for the Lord to direct us where He wills.


Treytonisms: Seeing things his way

Treyton is a truly special child. I love watching the way his mind works, as he gets older, I love watching his personality and perception shape who he is and the way he views the world.

The other day we were reading a book for school about the difference between insects and spiders. There was a random fact in the book that stated something like “There are 10,000,000,000,000,000 ants alive on the earth.”

We were driving in the car the other day, and Treyton (randomly) brought this fact up to Tim. But after he through it out there, he waited a second and then said “But actually, there aren’t that many any more, because the other day, I killed an ant! So now, there’s 1 less.”

I seriously could hardly stop laughing. It’s not what he said, as much as it is EXACTLY the way he sees the world. Everything is black and white, he is completely logical, honest and takes things at face value. We have tried several times to explain things like estimation and grey areas of life, but he just can’t seem to comprehend it…. and that’s okay, for now.


The other day an AT&T truck was parked out on our road. The kids and I were in the yard. I hardly noticed it there when Treyton said “What’s an at-tat truck doing there?”

“What?” I said

“The at-tat truck? Why is it there?”

I told him it was AT&T but he must not have believed me, because a few days later when driving in town Treyton said “I just saw an at-tat truck!!”

Monday, May 7, 2012

Piano Recital May 6th, 2012

I had a few pictures from the recital that I didn’t get the chance to post earlier.  IMG_1948 This is Treyton before his recital. IMG_1951 

IMG_1960 This is Treyton’s entire class.  IMG_1964Mommer, Papa and Aunt Toni came to watch his performance along with Dad, Alexa, Audrey and I.

IMG_1966 This is Treyton and his teacher, Miss Paula.


Treyton's Piano Recital 4.6.12

After one year (34 weeks) of piano lessons, Treyton had his first piano recital this past weekend. He did AMAZING! Tim and I are so proud. I teared up during the recital, and even rewatching the videos now, I still tear up.