Thursday, August 30, 2012

Baby #2

I was almost 100% sure this baby was a boy.
I wasn't nearly as sick (hallelujah) this time around and it was just generally different.  When the ultrasound tech said we were having a girl, I was in shock.  I even asked her how sure she was.
She said 99%.
We are so excited to have a set of sisters.  Ellie insisted all along that it was a "girl baby" and she was right.

We got to have a bonus ultrasound yesterday.  We did my regular anatomy ultrasound before we moved, but I wasn't really far enough along for everything to be developed yet.  So, we got to do it all over again here.  Ultrasounds are so fun.  Baby #2 is still a girl and growing great.  Scott met me and Ellie at the doctor's office and it was kind of fun to have Ellie see the pictures of the baby up on the TV screen.
My favorite part was feeling the baby punch me and wiggle and seeing it on the screen at the same time.
I kept thinking, "So that's what she's doing when I feel those jabs."
We can't wait to meet her.

Cute profile and spine.
I know 3-D ultrasounds kind of look like play-dough, but isn't she just so cute?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

First Weeks in Nashville

Nashville has been great so far.  Scott and I were talking the other day and I said something along the lines of, "It's really been a blessing...that Nashville isn't awful."  It would have been a lot harder to move away from our families and everything we were used to if Vanderbilt weren't such a great school, if Tennessee weren't so beautiful, and if there weren't so much good stuff in Nashville.
But luckily for us, we love it.
We still miss our families - I booked tickets for a visit back to Utah within the first week of living here - but we've made some friends, we love our ward, and Scott is learning a lot at school.

We found a carousel at the mall.  Ellie was in heaven.  I was just dizzy.
 Ellie sent some pictures to her cousins.
And Ellie got her first piece of mail from cousin Jane.

 Ellie met a little girl at the park across the street from our house and became fast friends.
Too bad little Miller was just visiting her Grandma from out of town.
Ellie still refers to this park as the one where she met Miller.
They helped each other take their shoes off.  Naturally.

Ellie found our Snuggie and was completely entertained for a long time...

...until she got stuck and was a little distressed...
...but Mom came to the rescue and helped her escape.

Ellie thinks she learned how to wink, "just like Dad."
 I sent Scott to the grocery store for a late night craving of boysenberry syrup.  It was delicious.
And then I had two pickles.  But not together.  The pickles were more like dessert.

Scott taught Ellie to ride her bike.  It took a while to help her understand how to pedal.  It doesn't help that every piece of land in Nashville is on a hill.  She was either coasting or stuck going uphill.  She's a pro now, though.

We've gone swimming A LOT.  It's been so fun to have a pool right outside our door.  We can go for an hour or two and not have to worry about making a day out of it.  Ellie is a FISH.  She can swim the whole width of the pool all by herself.
This is the part she can swim.  She jumps off the side closest to the camera and swims to the side with the chairs.  It is really funny to watch people watch Ellie swim.  They seem kind of nervous about her swimming even though I'm right by her the entire time.  A few have even asked how old she is.  I almost expect a lecture about letting her struggle too much, but then they usually say what a great skill it is to be able to swim so young.  Ellie still makes me nervous a lot though - she knows she can swim but she thinks she can swim indefinitely.  Breathing and resting are good, but not necessary.  It's a workout to swim with Ellie.

This baseball glove chair is in a study room at Vanderbilt.  Ellie loved it.

We've been watching the Living Scriptures videos a lot.  Ellie's favorite is the one where Nephi builds a ship to sail to the promised land.  She moved the strap off of her nightgown one night and said, "Mom! Look!  I'm just like Nephi!"
(Why does Nephi wear a one-shoulder animal skin tunic when his brothers are dressed to the nines?  Even if it's a pride thing, someone has to be either too hot or too cold.  Even in the her new book from Nana, Nephi doesn't have a shirt on and every other person is dressed normally. Goodness!)
We had a quick visit from the missionaries.  Scott's grandparents have been serving a mission in Florida for almost a year.  They got permission to drive up to Nashville for a wedding and we got to see them before they had to start driving back.
 Ellie and I made a chain to help her understand when we could go visit everyone back in Utah.  It has actually helped her a ton.  When I ask her what she wants to do today, she says she wants to go to Grandma's house...and then giggles and says, "not 'til all the chains are gone."  Plus, she only gets to tear one off after we read scriptures at night and pray as a family.  If she isn't reverent, she doesn't get to pull one off.  It has helped with her late-night hyperactive silliness.
She scraped her knee (barely) so while we waited for her toenails to dry, we wrapped up her scrape in a "big bandaid just like Aunt Rachel".  Scott's sister Rachel had her ACL and meniscus repaired just before we moved and Ellie saw her bandage.

Whew, that was a big update.
I'll have to do another with the rest of the pictures so far.
I'm almost caught up on blogging.  Hallelujah.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Happy Anniversary

To the most wonderful husband ever.  I really like him.  He's kind of the best.
Happy four years!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Two Favorite Girls

This girl LOVES her grandma.  We sure miss going to Grandma's house every day.  Good thing we're coming to visit next month!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Moving Day

Here we are at 6:00 am on Moving Day.  Ellie stayed a few extra days with my parents and then they flew her out to Nashville to avoid the three-day drive.  Thank goodness.  We drove a couple of hours to meet up with Scott's parents who helped us drive the whole way out to Tennessee (they were total lifesavers!)  We are so grateful for helpful parents!

Sunday, August 19, 2012


One of my mom's sweet friends is known as "Abby" to the little kids.  The day before we left for Nashville, Abby dropped by with presents for Ellie and for her cousins, Kate and Jane.  She bought them all matching sunflower shirts with necklaces and bracelets.  Way too nice.  Every time Ellie sees her shirt, she says, "Abby gave this to me.  I'm so lucky.  Abby is soooo nice."
I agree.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

One Last Stop

Before we moved, we went down to St. George to spend the weekend with Scott's family.  It was a wonderful last hurrah.  On our way out of town, I asked Scott if we could stop at Nielsen's Frozen Custard one last time.  After all, I didn't know when I'd be back.
He obliged and I'm so happy we did.  It was delicious.  As always.

Silly Family

Papa Mustache was getting all the boating toys ready for the YM/YW activity and Ellie was fascinated.  It was like a giant inflatable playground!  And she loved the matching helmets!
 (Isn't Scott such a good sport???)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fourth of July

This little girl loved having an excuse to wear her cowboy boots (on loan from her generous cousins).  She loved the parade - and I was happy to have Papa Mustache's office back in shape so we could watch it from a second-story, air conditioned room.
Ellie loves fireworks.  A lot.  She still talks about them and how they go "boom boom" and where she saw them and what colors they were and on and on.
She's just the best.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Visiting Nana and Papa "D"

 Ellie is one lucky little girl.  She has an abundance of grandparents who absolutely love her.  Ellie and I visited Scott's grandparents a few weeks ago and got some cute pictures of Ellie with her Nana and Papa, and with her Nana and Papa D.  Hooray for grandparents!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Just Like Papa

This picture makes me laugh.  My dad had been standing in the family room watching TV and had put his foot up on the coffee table without realizing it.  Ellie noticed though...and wanted to do what Papa was doing.  The only problem is that the coffee table comes up to the middle of her torso making her stretch quite a bit.  This little girl loves her Papa.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Brother Mickey

 Ellie has quite the imagination these days.  And usually bath time is where it really gets carried away.  I was getting ready for the day one morning when I heard Ellie say, "In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."  I started to pay a little bit better attention and realized Minnie Mouse and a small mermaid known as Chelsea Mermaid were attentively listening to Mickey Mouse give a talk in church.  I think my favorite part is that Mickey is on a podium.  This little girl pays attention to the funniest things.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Meet Nick

Meet Ellie's cousin Nick.  He's "Baby Nickowas" to Ellie and Nicklaus to the rest of us.  He's more than two years younger than Ellie...and only about five pounds lighter haha.  He's a chunk and Ellie's a bean pole.  As soon as Nick was born, all of Ellie's babies suddenly became boy babies.  Ellie loved to hold baby Nick and it was sure funny to watch her try to hold that giant kid.
We miss you, cousins!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Being Pregnant Means...

You don't have to feel guilty about eating a Krispy Kreme doughnut and getting one for this pretty face.
yum yum yum!