Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Monday, December 29, 2008


Tonight Gabby made me laugh (not unusual) before going to bed.

Our short conversation:
Mommy: Night, night Gabby.
Gabby: Night, night Mommy.
Mommy: I love you.
Gabby: I love you too babe.

It makes me laugh when she says things to me that Shaun and I say to each other. She always yells through the house, "babe, are you here" to Shaun. Or she says, "Shauny boy" sometimes instead of dad. But my favorite is when he gets home she often says, "hi babe."
I sure love this age! The pros for sure outweigh the cons of it.

Also, how in the heck is Stella 1 month old on Wed? I want to go back to the day I had her and just start all over again!!! It is so bittersweet to have a growing thriving little infant. She has been nothing but pure joy to me.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Eve and Santa!!!

Every year my family goes to the Pizza Factory for dinner. We have been going as far back as I can remember. It was really fun to go this year with all the babies and see the family again. I will say it was surely bitter sweet without Chelsi there. I always spend a lot of time catching up with her and Shayli usually. This year I was a little preoccupied with 2 kids anyway so it took my mind off her being gone a little. We usually go to my parents house after and talk a few more hours away. I love spending time with our families. especially our new little tiny foursome up here in the lovely snow covered Ledges.

We were lucky enough to get Gabby to bed before 8pm so Shaun could get started on Santa's projects! He was not too excited about some of the toy assembly but he was so excited to see the look on Gabby's face so it was all worth the time and efforts!

Gabby was a riot! She went from toy to toy in 2 seconds flat and when it was over she could barely chose where and what to play with. We decided that we should have gotten her half the stuff and she would have never known the difference! My car is STILL packed with presents from both grandmas houses! We are tempted to pack away all that stuff til we move! Where to put it all?! Seriously! Stella made out like a bandit as well. NO thanks to us. We got her 2 giant boxes of diapers and wipes! I did just get her a whole new nursery so I called it good enough with all that. kids are EXPENSIVE!

Shaun and I didn't do presents for each other again this year. I like it that way. We did do a donation in our ward and called it good. This has been a tough year for so many. Good causes are definitely a great cause.
We had a great time yesterday spending lots of time with both families! I am gonna really have to watch what I eat because Shaun's mom cooks the most amazing elaborate feasts! eating at their house is just like the segment from the Grinch where the table in Whoville is FILLED and it seems like it's a hundred feet long with all the food you could only dream of.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Things I'm loving {NOW}

The Car seat Canopy! Love this because it is so stinking cold outside right now! I don't have to worry about it falling onto Stella's face. Keeps those germs and strangers who like to touch away. AND it is a nursing cover too.

Unsalted pistachios! I eat too many a day.

Bear Naked trail Mix. This is what I eat in the middle of the night after I feed Stella. I'm always SO hungry! No sugar or preservatives. They have packs at Costco that are perfect for the car or my purse. Check it out here.

Enjoy Texture Spray. This stuff is my favorite stuff I've ever tried. I have super fine, flat, hair. The only thing its good for is feeling soft. This stuff makes it have body but not feel like crap in my hair. I'm super picky about my hair feeling gross, this passes the test.
OPI: Makes Men Blush. Great natural nail color. Not too pink or peach.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I'm mad because...

I have this problem...

Today while I was driving, I saw a very similar picture on a billboard that said, "Cure your hangover" I laughed, then almost cried! YIKES. I forgot how awful/weird postpartum baby body looks. Good thing for daily-ish improvement.

On another mad note, Stella's blessing dress is not here yet!!! So much for spending $25 flipping dollars on 2 day shipping (5 days in advance)! Ugh!!! Family pics/baby pics are tomorrow! Crap! My kids are going to have ghetto pics unless I can get to UPS early enough and track down my MIA package(S)!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Baby and Me

Last night Shauns mom took Gabby to a Christmas party a friend of hers was having. Gabby had such a great time and when I got her all ready to go she just looked so old! It was so nice to have a night to myself with the baby. I just held her for 3 hours straight while I gorged myself on unwatched tivo episodes of my fave shows. It was quite a night for me! Sad! I love tv and never watch it anymore due to the heaps of laundry I do and my new 9:30 bedtime.

I am just so glad Gabby got to get out and do something really fun with her cousins. She needs things that are all about her where the new baby can't steel all the attention.

Things are still great, Stella has acid reflux but now she is doing much better and going 3 hours between feedings now. Can't wait until its 4, 5, or sleeping through the night! I'm somehow great on energy though. I seriously have loved every minute of having another baby. I don't know what I was so worried about. I am so full of gratitude and happiness. I just love staring at her cute little face and watching her eat and eat! I had forgotten how peaceful newborns are. I would love to know what they think and dream of all day long!
Now I'm ready to get all moved into our new house... Yep, We are moving AGAIN!!! I'm not even gonna pretend I'm not sick and tired of moving either! But at least I never need my carpets cleaned!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Best Big Sister Award

Gabby has adapted to having a baby (competitor in the home) so easily! I am so relieved at how amazing she has been with Stella. She loves her and is so concerned when she makes any type of noise. She likes to watch her eat, help mommy change 'stinty' diapers and even pick out her clothes and bows. Gabby has seemed to grow up almost instantly from the day before Stella came. It amazes me how much she knows and all the things she does on her own.

I love you more than ever Gabby, you are my biggest beautiful girl!

1 Week!

She is so WONDERFUL!!! I am absoluetly, positively, no doubt about it, in LOVE!
I love having two beautiful girls now! I could not be happier with my kids!

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Ready to go home!

Stella has been so sweet! I can't believe what an amazing experience it was to have her. It was so relaxing to have a scheduled birth rather than emergency c section. Things went so smooth and she came out just ready to be here. So far she has put up zero fuss! She is so beautiful, I can't believe you can fall in love with more than one baby. It is so fun to have a growing family and see Gabby take so well to her. She loves baby Stella and tries to help with everything. I was so worried about Gabby getting enough attention. Shaun has been an amazing help!! It would not be so smooth if he weren't helping out so much. We could not be more excited. I am having so much fun with her.
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You can see more pictures of Stella from last night that my mother in law took if you click here.

Meet the Newest Sullivan Girl

Both a little nervous
Suiting Up!
It's baby time
Stella Jane!
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Taking her to mommy!
First feeding
The girls!
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On our way to meet Stell!

I'm so mad this picture was blurry! I had Shaun take a few pictures right before we left the house. They all turned out like this. Oh well, you get the idea.... She is ready to join our family!

As it turns out, I pretty much went into labor when they were monitoring me and giving me fluid. My contrations were about 5-8 min apart so she would have been here soon either way.
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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Stella Jane!!

9:42 am
7lbs. 12oz. 20 in.
Pictures on the way!!!

Wed. Morning came and went in a hurry. I just got home and things are going great! Stella came out crying with her eyes open to see us! She is so amazing and is doing perfectly!
I have lots of pictures as soon as I can get to them!

Thanks to all our support and visitors!! We love and appreciate you all. Flowers, gifts and visitors made the week even that much more special! Thanks again to you all.