Sunday, April 27, 2008

Airplane Overload

Sorry I have not posted for a while. My laptop is broken and my other computer is going very slow. Anyway, yesterday we were going to ride on the new Frontrunner. The wait was three to four hours, so Brandon suggested we go to the airplane museum. Kaitlyn had a blast. She was so excited to see all the planes. She could hardly hold still and did not know which plane to look at first. She loved being able to touch the planes outside and told everyone we saw that she touched the plane. When we went inside, she had to sit in the stroller and could not touch the planes. She was so mad that she could not run around and play on the planes. Overall, we had a great time and I know where I can take Kaitlyn during the summer when we just need to get out of the house.

Kaitlyn had a great second birthday. Kaitlyn and I made sugar cookies and frosted them. She got blue frosting all over her and had fun with the sprinkles. When Brandon got home, we went to a cute little deli at the Ogden Airport. Kaitlyn loved watching the planes take off and land. She is so fascinated with all the planes. On Friday, Grandma Jody, Jeanne, Craig, and Callie came to visit. We had a fun visit and Kaitlyn loved getting more presents. Grandma gave her princess sheets and a princess quilt. I put them on her bed that day, and Kaitlyn was extremely excited to go to sleep that night.

Ben is doing wonderful and gets bigger all the time. He keeps getting longer and is going to be tall like his dad. He is more alert everyday and loves to look at faces. He is starting to sleep for about five hours a night, hooray for mommy. Kaitlyn is starting to help me even more. She has decided that it is her job to wash and rinse off Ben's body. I wash his face and hair so she doesn't pour water all over him. We are definitely having tons of fun with our two little angels.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


We have had a fun week. On Wednesday and Thursday, we got to spend some time with Grandpa Jay and Grandma Jody. Kaitlyn had tons of fun and loves her airplane toys. She also liked playing hide and seek under the coffee table. It was nice to visit with my parents. I am glad they got to spend some time with their grand kids.

On Saturday, the weather was so nice that we spent the day outside. We worked on the yard a little. Kaitlyn had fun helping Daddy split some wood with a little log splitter we borrowed from Grandpa Earl. She thought it was so neat to help push the button and watch the logs slowly break. She also got to jump on the trampoline while I weeded the yard. Kaitlyn loves jumping all the time, and especially loves the trampoline. She was having such a good time that I had to drag her off the trampoline when it was time to go inside. I can't wait for the weather to get nicer so we can spend more time outside. It will be nice to get out of the house more.

Ben is doing great, and he gets cuter all the time. He has the cutest little ringlets on the top of his head when his hair is wet. He also enjoys bath time and likes laying in the water. Kaitlyn loves helping me wash his body. Ben is starting to stay awake more during the day, and it is fun to watch Kaitlyn play with him. She is constantly trying to hold his hands and enjoys reading books to him. She is such a sweet big sister. Today, Kaitlyn even put her airplane toy in the bassinet with Ben so he could see it, which is a big deal because she absolutely loves her airplane toy.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

My baby...

This morning while I was feeding Ben, Kaitlyn decided she wanted to be the baby. When I finished feeding Ben, this is what I found...

Kaitlyn is laying in Ben's bassinet, which is at the foot of my bed. She looked so cute in it that I put Ben down in the crib, so Kaitlyn could stay in the bassinet. She also has his pacifier, she pulled it out of her mouth before I could get a picture. It is amusing because when she was a baby she would have nothing to do with a paci. Ben has been sucking on his hands a ton lately, so we tried a paci with him, and he loves it. Since Ben started using a paci, Kaitlyn thinks it is her job to take the paci from Ben and walk around the house with it in her mouth. Usually, if Ben starts crying, Kaitlyn will give the paci back to him. Anyway, I think Kaitlyn was just having a jealous morning and needed a little extra love. After I laid Ben down, I let Kaitlyn cuddle with me on the bed while we watched cartoons and ate cereal.

Later in the morning, we went to the doctor for Ben's 2 week check-up. He is growing well, and weighs 8lbs. 8ozs. now. The doctor said he looks very healthy and is doing wonderfully. She also said I can start trying to get him to sleep for longer at night. I informed her that he already sleeps for one four hour period at night. I am very lucky that he is such a mellow baby. I hope he stays that way for a long time.

We had a great visit with Jessi, Craig, and Callie on Friday. Kaitlyn loved spending time with them. It was nice to have some kids to play with. She also loved the princess outfit they brought her and had to put it on right away. It was fun to watch Kaitlyn play piano with Callie. Callie and Craig are such cute kids, I am glad Kaitlyn has such cool cousins to play with. I am also lucky to have such a kind big sister, Jessi is awesome. Thanks for everything. (Jessi has some great pictures of the kids on her website.)

Finally, we are excited to see Grandpa Jay and Grandma Jody this week. Kaitlyn wants Grandma to tell her all about her airplane ride.

Thursday, April 3, 2008


This will be the last post for today. Sorry, it is hard to get on the computer to post everyday. On Sunday, my family came to visit and meet Ben. I love seeing family and spending time with them. It was fun to watch Kaitlyn jump on Uncle Jared, who is now really cool in her book. I am glad they got to come hold Ben. My mom has some pictures of the different family members with Ben, so I will post some as soon as I get copies.

On Monday night, we made homemade ice cream for our family night treat. Kaitlyn loves to help Daddy turn the ice cream and watch it go around. We have an old fashioned ice cream maker that makes you work to get the ice cream. She is also good at adding more salt when Daddy needs it. Ben and I even helped turn the wheel for a couple of minutes. When we were done, we had some delicious peach ice cream, with plenty of extra to last us for several weeks. It was a really good family night activity.

The rest of the week was spent just hanging out at home and watching whatever movie Kaitlyn picked out. Kaitlyn has been a little sick this week, I think all of the stress of the new baby has got to her. She started out throwing up and had a fever on Monday. On Tuesday, she just had a cough, runny nose, and a scratchy voice. She seems to be feeling a little better today. I had to watch her and Ben very carefully as we do not want Ben to get sick. Daddy did buy Kaitlyn the Chipmunk movie to help her feel better. She was really amused by the singing and dancing chipmunks and would dance along with them. That is pretty much everything for now. Ben is awake and wants to eat again.

Tons of fun

On Saturday, Brandon went pheasant hunting with some friends. The season ended March 31, and Brandon has not been hunting for over a year, so I decided to let him go. He had lots of fun and by the end of the hunt he was exhausted. He took Dotty with him, and based on what Brandon tells me, she had a great time. It was a really windy, and the dogs had a hard time finding the birds. Overall they did not get many birds, but Brandon said it was worth it to let the dogs get out and run. Anyway, on Sunday, I noticed that Dotty had some blood on her front leg. I pointed it out to Brandon, and he looked it over. Sometime during their hunt, Brandon suspects that Dotty ran in to some barbed wire. He said he did not notice anything during the hunt and Dotty did not act injured. We cleaned the wound and hoped that it would start to heal. Dotty can't seem to leave the wound alone, and she keeps making it bleed. Finally, we decided to take further steps to make sure the wound heals. Dotty absolutely hates the cone, but has not yet figured out how to remove it. Kaitlyn, our ever vigilant little helper, has tried several times to take it off, but always gets stopped by the evil Mommy. The wound is starting to heal and hopefully we can take off the cone in a couple of days. Until then, Dotty will just have to be the silliest dog on the block.


We have had an eventful week. On Saturday, Kaitlyn and I took Ben to the doctor to get his Bilirubon levels checked to see if he was getting jaundice. They were higher than the doctor liked, so we decided to try the Bili Lights with Ben. We had to do the lights with Kaitlyn when she was a newborn, which made it a little easier to handle this time. It is the worst feeling in the world when your child is not completely healthy, and I know in my family that is not uncommon as someone is always sick. Kaitlyn hated having to leave Ben under the lights, which we called his tanning booth. She kept climbing up on the side of the crib and turning the lights off. She then would tell me to take the baby out. She is already such a protective big sister. On the positive side, Ben's Bilirubon levels came down after two days, and he does not have to use the lights anymore. Also, he looks soo cute laying in his little tanning bed.
Kaitlyn checking on Ben
Ben under the Bili Lights
Kaitlyn under the Bili Lights

They look so similar it is the cutest thing. I love how they both look so annoyed.