Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy Happy Birthday Emma Dear

On the 27th Emma turned two. I know this sounds so cliche but it really does seem like just yesterday that we were at the hospital and we got to hold her for the first time. This past year has been a fun one for us as we have got to watch her go from baby to little girl. She has so much spunk and personality. She is also a good friend to Ruby and is very good at sharing, occasionally she has to be coaxed. Oh, how I love this little girl! She used to be very anti-cuddle/hug. It has become a more recent thing where she is content to be held, and she now gives the sweetest hugs. We call it "the wrapper" because she wraps her little arms around your neck and gives you a tight hug. Truth be told, she has Jed wrapped around her little finger.

As is custom, we did our birthday interview.

For Emma's birthday she got a red Radio Flyer tricycle that makes music and has blinker signals. I didn't get any pictures but I did get video. Jed had "fun" assembling it in our walk in closet that morning.

We got ready to leave the house around noon, and headed up to Sandy to do some Christmas shopping and go to the movies with the girls. It was a wonderful afternoon. We took the girls to see The Christmas Carol at Jordan Commons. This was my first movie with the girls, Jed however is a seasoned pro at taking them to the theater. As we walked in the door he said "As long as the girls both have their own popcorn and a drink it is smooth sailing from here on out." He even had down there popcorn eating styles. Ruby scarfs for the first 5 minutes and then doesn't touch it for the rest of the movie and Emma will every few minutes reach into her box and pull out one kernel at a time. It was so funny to see how right he was. The movie was a little scary at times and it made Ruby very nervous and need to put her hands over her glasses. Emma however laughed during the scary parts and would say "silly" I ended up taking Ruby out the last 10 minutes for a bathroom break and then I just stood in the entrance while I held her for the last few minutes of the movie. We had lots of fun and then headed over to Jed's parents to visit for a few minutes and help get the Christmas village down. (They actually had it done by the time we got there.)

Emma slept on the way home and when we got home to have cake she cried the whole time we sang until I told her to blow out the candles and she got to eat some cake. That seemed to settle her emotions.

Such a fun day for all of us and we are so glad that we got to celebrate Emma's day with her. So grateful Heavenly Father sent her to our family. She is such a joy.

Here is just a little demonstration of her personality. She likes to try new things and make others laugh. Oven mitts on the feet are all the rage around here.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Indeed, a great day!

Yesterday morning we had to leave our house at 7:00 a.m. to drop our girls off and make our 8:20 appointment. By the time we got there at 8:00 to my mom's I desperately had to make a pilgrimage to the lavatory. But I knew I had to hold it. It is most difficult when I have a weak bladder. Anyway we headed up to the Dr.'s and had to wait until about 8:40. A little bit before that, I decided that I couldn't take the pain anymore and waddled hunched over to the bathroom because I was so uncomfortable. Jed just laughed at me.

At 8:40 we got called back. It is always so exciting to see that baby on the screen and see each little bit of anatomy and watch the baby move even though I couldn't feel it. We told the tech that we had two girls and that our oldest wanted a brother. So we went through all of the routine checks and then the tech asked "Now, what did you say you had at home? Two boys, or two girls?" We said two girls and then she shouted out that we were having a boy. She said she wanted to say it about 5 minutes before because she saw the gender when she wasn't really looking for it, but couldn't remember what we already had and didn't want to make a fool of herself. So we are having a little boy. We are very excited but would be just as excited if we were having a girl, because a baby is a baby.

The girls couldn't come with us because my Dr.'s office is in the hospital and due to swine flu concerns children aren't allowed in the woman's center. So it was nice that we got sent home with a DVD of the ultrasound.

We called all of the siblings, and would like to make a formal apology to those we woke up early because they are on Hawaii time. Jed had to go merchandise really quickly and then we headed over to Brent and Suzanne's so Suzanne could see the DVD.

We took the girls to lunch and went back to Jed's parents to put the girls down for a nap. Right as we were about to leave Jed's dad got home, so it was fun to show him the pictures and visit with him for a minute. Not as long as we would have liked, but we only had a few minutes to make it to the babysitters and get ready for our date.

Once the girls were settled at my mom's we got dressed and headed to the Jordan River Temple. It was such a wonderful experience! We had a wonderful and uplifting time. I am so grateful for Temples and for the work that we are able to do there. I don't think we could have spent our anniversary in a better place.

After the Temple we headed off to The Cheesecake factory. So delicious! It was so hard for me to choose what to eat because it seemed like they had about 200 items on the menu. Jed got the orange chicken and I got the Hawaiian pizza. But not before we ate two baskets of bread. I was so hungry and it came with real butter, how could I resist? It was such a fun restaurant with a fun atmosphere. I really enjoyed watching Jed move to the music at our table. It reminds me that I need to get that boy on the dance floor. We ordered our cheesecake to-go.

On the drive home, Emma was feeling cranky and was setting her spot as the older sister, and if something happened that she didn't like she would say "Stop it brother." So funny, we had a fun visit with our girls. They never fail to make us laugh.

Another highlight of our Anniversary and it happens to be one of my favorite parts is our letter exchange. I love it! A few years previous, Jed forgot his letter to me at work for 3 consecutive days so I had to wait to read it. This year however he set up a secret e-mail account and e-mailed it to himself so there was no way to forget it. So cute. We had a fantastic anniversary. Love you so much Jed!

(Sorry for no ultrasound pictures, I don't know how to use the scanner, and Jed hasn't given me a step by step to walk me through it. I will see if I can get some up this weekend.)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

It's picture time!

Here are some of our pictures from out family photo shoot, and I feel justified in calling it since our photographer took 155 pictures of us. We are really pleased with the outcome. My friend from Oakcrest, Biph (Kathrin Paul Photography) took our pictures for us. My girls really liked her, but for the life of us we couldn't get much of a smile from Emma. I decided to cut her some slack since it was 8:30 in the morning.

So here are a few favorites

I call this one the Papa special. My girls learned this signature face from none other than Papa Romig.

As for the all together family picture, which is my favorite, you will just have to wait out in the cold by your mailbox to receive your Romig family Christmas Card. Or for a select few individuals who live close enough will get a personally hand delivered card. (As for myself, I love recieving Christmas cards. Please put us on your mailing list.) :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A busy, busy day.

Yesterday I headed up to my mommy's early so I could justify the gas usage from out outpost. I had a lot of fun being with my mom and my sister and seeing my cute nieces. My girls hadn't seen Chloe in a long while and they had a good time together. I especially enjoyed the turkey sandwich with all of the trimmings. It was just like subway. Hooray.

I had my appointment at 2:45, and I gained 5 lbs. since my 14 week appointment. I was surprised but that was my first gain this pregnancy. The MA measured me and was baffled that I was measuring at 22 weeks, instead of 18 like I should have. She brought in another MA to do a double measure so Dr. L didn't give her any grief about a bad measurement. The second MA said it was an obvious 22, so I grew 8 cm in 4 weeks. They asked if I was sure we saw only 1 baby at the 10 week ultrasound. As far as I could tell it looked the same as my two previous single pregnancies. It also took the MA about 2 minutes to find the heartbeat I was a little worried. But then we heard it and it was a strong little heartbeat, 141. I love the relief that that sound brings.

Dr. L said that the 22 week measurement was probably just due to it being my 3rd pregnancy, but I have my ultrasound next week so we will see then. He seemed calm about it.
As I was leaving the office, the MA descended on me and wanted to know what the Dr. said about my measurement. I told them and said such a measurement is very uncommon. It did however made me feel better about the weight gain because I was a hungry, hungry hippo last week.

We also swung into Grandma and Grandpa Romig's to deliver our family picture and give them their disc. We had a good visit and also had a good laugh about where I found Emma. I was visiting with them and Ruby was down stairs playing in the toy room, but it was very quiet upstairs where Emma was. I interrupted the conversation to check on her, she was upstairs in the bathroom with both of their toothbrushes in her mouth, one on each side pulling her lips outward. She is so fascinated with their toothbrushes. It was pretty funny. Then she came down and showed us her brushing job, with one of her winning smiles.

From there we went to Robert's to get a few last things to finish up our tree ornaments. We didn't leave until 6:00 and Emma cried almost the whole way home. Let's just say that it was a long drive home. I was a wee bit frazzled, and completely missed our house and turned into someone elses driveway. Gratefully Jed was about 5 minutes behind me and was able to cuddle and console her. Then about 5 minutes after Jed got home the doorbell rang and it was a member of the Bishopric. We had a good visit with him, but I must confess it was fabulous to be able to finally eat some dinner around 7:30 I had an angry stomach, but the fried egg sandwich worked miracles in calming the anger. Once we got the girls into bed, the evening calmed down and we were able to just lounge around. A good end to a busy day.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

18 weeks with a little soft shoe

I reached 18 weeks yesterday. Things have been going well, but I find that with this pregnancy I'm not sleeping as well as I did with the other two. Sometimes I wake up either hungry or unable to sleep so I end up in the kitchen with a banana or on the couch with a book in hand until I can no longer keep my eyes open. But for some odd reason, I'm not terribly tired during the day. I am most grateful for that. I keep having dreams that my sister keeps finding out the gender of her baby before me and I always wake up wondering how it is possible until I come to my senses and realize I am just dreaming. Halloween has given me some trouble and thrown me off my eating. I finally decided to break it up in little bags and put it way so I have to make some effort to get to it, so have to think about it instead of mindlessly popping it in my mouth . I don't do well when temptation is right under my nose. Here is to hoping I am successful getting back on track next week.

Last night we had our ward chili/pie cookoff. It was a great time. It was so nice to just be able to pick a random table and visit with people we have never met before and talk so easily. We really do love our new ward, and truly feel like it is where we are supposed to be. Before the activity I pulled hot rolls out of the oven for the dinner, and we ate a few (5) while Ruby entertained us with her latest dance moves. Jed decided to get some pictures of her doing her thing, but decided that the photo's weren't doing them justice so he turned to some video footage. I myself think the pictures are pretty priceless.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween 09

Our Halloween started out early and frigid. We were up at 7:00 to prepare ourselves for family pictures. My friend from Oakcrest gave a superb deal and so we whisked ourselves out the door to make it to our destination on time. I got to look at what she took on her camera and they are fantastic. I am looking forward to getting our disk so I can view all of them.

I decided that I needed to put at least a few things on the wall, and to complete the composition I needed a iron star to replace the tin one that got stepped on during the moving process. So we headed to Rod Works in Lehi. (Oh, friends how I love it!) I found exactly what I was looking for plus a few other things but decided it best to bide my time on the other items that brought joy to my heart.

Then it was off to Walmart to get Emma some tortillas for her quesadillas. It is one thing she takes very seriously. We came home for luncheon and naps. Both were glorious. Ruby woke up before Emma so we got to work on cutting our Halloween sugar cookies that actually were cut out with Christmas cookie cutters because we forgot to buy Halloween ones at the store. They still turned out marvelously. These pictures were taken the day before when we were making the dough. If you are wondering what Emma is eating, it is sour cream. She loves it.

We then proceeded to the mad dash to get every one costumed and ready to go to Josh and Kami's. My poor family had to deal with me being in a 'pregnant rage' because it was so hot in the house. (It was 70 degrees) We made it out the door and off to our destination.

We had such a fun visit with everyone and enjoyed Kami's chili and Debbie's heavenly rolls, of which I think I ate four. The calories were well worth it. I am also most excited as Suzanne started on the super top secret ornament for my tree. I can't tell you how thrilled I am about them and how beautiful they are. (The big reveal with be in about a month.) The girls had fun going around with the cousins and Uncle Josh. Even now Ruby continues to talk about his mask and how cute he was. I think she is still trying to convince herself that she wasn't scared. She tells everyone about it. Kami also sent us home with her Little House on the Prairie Christmas DVD. I love it. We watched yesterday and I blubbered like an idiot. It comes highly recommended by me.

These little beauties were taken the day before Halloween, when Ruby had her party at school . These are her good friends at school, Summer and Jackson. Ruby has a playdate with Jackson tommorrow. She is excited and tells us that Jackson is her boyfriend and then laughs. When I talked with Misty, Jacksons mom, she told me that Jackson prays at every meal that he and Ruby can have a playdate. He also tells her what Ruby brings for show and tell every day, and that Ruby is pretty. She asked him what that meant he told her that it meant she was very cute. At school they always greet each other with a big bear hug. I am glad Ruby has such good friends.