Friday, December 6, 2013

Baby Deuce!?

On January 15th, after not feeling well for a few days and having a particularly rough morning that included me throwing up while little Dempsey watched on in concern, I called Jill to come down and help me out so I could get some rest. While texting back and forth with Finn, he asked if I might be pregnant. Pregnant!? What? No, I was sure that wasn't the case and that I probably just had some weird bug. He suggested I use one of the pregnancy tests that we still had on hand from our attempts to get pregnant with Dempsey; you know, just to be certain. Thinking nothing of it, I went ahead and peed on a stick. Within about 10 seconds the test came back...POSITIVE! We were pregnant....AGAIN! I immediately texted Finn a picture of the positive test.

And then I waited....and waited....and waited. I paced in our room with countless emotions washing over me. I felt excited, anxious, nervous, astounded, scared, thrilled, shocked, flabbergasted, numb, tingly, giddy! The list went on and on. Pretty much every emotion one could possibly have seemed to be flooding through me all at once. I just couldn't believe after trying so long to get pregnant with Dempsey that we were pregnant again and so soon. I also couldn't believe that I just found out this surprising news while Finn was at work and Jill and Dempsey were playing in the living room just outside my bedroom door.

When Finn finally called me back, he sounded just as shocked as me. Yet, he also seemed to have known all along. He was the one who told me I should probably pee on a stick, after all. By the time he got home to talk about the news I had gone through every emotion each about a thousand times. It all felt so unbelievable and in many ways, impossible. We had no idea what we had just gotten ourselves into.

At this point Dempsey was a little over 10 months old, still a baby, not walking or talking, completely and utterly dependent upon us every second of the day for every need and want. It seemed to me that there was no possible way I would be able to have TWO babies! Two under two was never in our thoughts or plans. Or was it? Finn had always said that he wanted to be done having kids by the time he was 30. That seemed pretty unrealistic, but now, it was totally within reach. Only, we hadn't even decided if we wanted more than one kid. "Two it is!" we figured. This all must be part of the bigger plan of which we secretly have no birth control over!

We were about to embark on quite the journey! Two kiddos, 18 months apart. I would be pregnant for the much-anticipated nuptials of Hanni and Freddy in Hawaii. I was going to be pregnant while chasing around a soon-to-be walking, talking, running toddler! Pure craziness was about to ensue...of that much we were certain!

We also knew that we were about to bring another awesome, adorable, little person into this world. One that we couldn't wait to meet, to find out what s/he would look like, sound like, be like. We knew that Dempsey was going to make the best big brother in the world...even if he had no idea what that even meant. We knew that this was going to test us as a couple, but that we were ultimately up to the challenge. We were about to complete our beautiful family.

We decided to share the big news with our sisters first and then after going to the doctor to confirm and figure out our due date, we designed and made a onesie for Dempsey to wear to tell our parents. We invited everyone over for the USA v Honduras WCQ match and waited for someone to read Dempsey's onesie. Much to our surprise, Jeff read it first and his reaction was amazing! He read it out loud then said..."well, that's not true!" Then he looked at me, said "is it?!!" then jumped up and gave me the biggest hug ever! Everyone else quickly took to reading his shirt and figuring it out! Luckily we had such great news to share since the USMNT lost the first game of the hex!

Friday, May 31, 2013

One Year of Dempsey-ness!

Dear Dempsey,

My how time has flown by! We can't believe that one year ago we were at the hospital, ready, waiting and laboring away to meet you and didn't even know if you would be a boy or a girl! It's crazy to think back on your birthday and remember that day and to see the pictures of you just minutes to days old compared to now. You have blessed our lives in such a truly indescribable way! From the moment you came into this world you have been nothing but the most incredibly happy baby! I think you love us almost as much as we love you!

It's amazing how much you have grown both physically and mentally over the last twelve months! At your one year check up you weighed 23 lbs, 1 oz and were 30 1/8" tall. That means you have gained almost 16 pounds and grown about 10 inches since you were born!! Your definitely filling out and have developed your mom's cheeks now - you lucky little guy! You are one adorable, tall, and chubby little one year old! The one year, month-by-month photo collage is complete and it's fun to see how much you've grown into your chair!

You have learned a lot of new words over the last month and use "Oakleigh", "Oakel", "Oak", "more", "hot", and "up"quite frequently. You are pretty cute with "hot" because you whisper it whenever you say it. You use "more" when you want more food, which is helpful for your parents because sometimes we don't know that you can eat so much food! :) You still love being outside; although we got a fair amount of snow in February and it was also pretty cold so you didn't get to spend quite as much time outside as you would have liked. You love your puppies and chickens and definitely say Oakleigh, oakel, oak on a very regular basis. You have really started to love books and will hang out and read for more than five seconds at a time, which is a pretty big deal in baby land.

You started standing up on your own the first week to ten days of month and your balance was getting better everyday. You even took your first steps this month. You did a lot of laughing and squealing during those first few terrifyingly awesome steps too. The funny part is that you tried walking a few more times after that night and we could get you to take a few steps here and there, but for the most part you returned to crawling - apparently you thought this was a much safer/faster route to wherever it is you wanted to go! Luckily we captured your one night of walking fun on camera so you can enjoy that for many years to come! 

For your first birthday we kept it a family affair and tried to not go overboard with a theme and decorations; but we still kept it fun and colorful. Both of your great-grandma Marge's came, your Aunt Charlotte, your Aunt Hanni, Uncle Freddy, and Grandma and Grandpas from both sides and of course, your mom and dad! Grandma Lisa made you TWO cakes! One was shaped like your favorite bath toy - an orange and blue octopus and that served as your smash cake. The other one was a layered cake with bright colors inside - which was for the adults. You really weren't too sure what to think of the cake - it was a big departure from your usual diet full of lots of veggies, fruits and lean proteins. But, you had fun nonetheless and particularly enjoyed sharing and feeding your cake to everyone else! You got plenty spoiled with lots of books, a wagon, a little gym membership, toys, clothes, and everything else your little heart didn't even know it desired! You are definitely a very loved. For even more great pictures of the day and time when your Great Grandma Marge from Illinois was in town just click on over to your Aunt Hanni's facebook album.

You are a pretty adorable little dude to photograph, so mom takes at least one picture a day. Although in all honesty it's probably closer to 15-20 pictures most days! This month I pretty much only instagramed pictures of you, as you can see below! You had lots of fun with paint, reading with your dad, eating fruit, and you especially loved helping your dad do the dishes this past month!

Mr. Dempsey, we really could not love you any more. You are the most incredible gift we could have ever received! We have had so much fun over the past year watching you grow and learn and we can't wait to watch that happen as much time as we are given to do so! You light up our lives and make us laugh and smile everyday. Thank you for being such an amazing little man! Cheers to your first year!


Mom and Dad

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

11 Months: Wait. What? Nearly a Year!??!

Well this is by far the latest I've posted Mr. Dempsey's monthly update. But, luckily we still took the pictures on time since he's changed so much in the last 10 days! :)

He still has just 4 teeth, but he's been working on at least two more and possibly four more. It's extra funny that he doesn't have his top two front teeth because it sort of looks like he just has fangs up top! He hasn't had a wellness appointment again, but will have one just after his 1st birthday. But, I'm pretty sure he's grown a few inches! He is definitely a long/big kid (even though I have nothing to gauge that on)!

We spent a lot of time this month playing with the wide variety of toys he got at Christmas - although his favorite toys are still things like junk mail, the Tupperware drawer and any item that he really should not have access to. He still loves nature and we've had to move to walking him in the stroller because his 20+ lbs is getting a little bit heavy for the Baby Bjorn. Luckily, he really loves his stroller and even becomes somewhat catatonic for parts of our walks - it's actually really funny.

He's learning new noises, particularly loud, ear piercing shrieks which he finds to be absolutely hilarious! He has started laughing more as well. This should have been in last months post, but since it wasn't there, he continues to know and use three words: "uh oh," "mama" and "dada." He's also said "Oak" at least once, but it was probably a fluke. ;) He really likes to wave to people, and last month he started waving goodnight to me which is totally heart melting. He loves being crazy - and it would be ideal if we lived in a small, padded gym because he likes to throw himself on things/at things/over things. He loves to climb things. He also loves when you grab his arms to climb up your body like a rope or mountain climber, which is pretty adorable.

To channel his love of craziness, climbing and gymnastics, for his 11 month birthday we took him to the Little Gym in Littleton for a tumbling tots class. It was so much fun and he definitely enjoyed looking at all the other kids and participating in all the activities. He was the youngest of all the kids there by about 6 months or more yet didn't seem to be much smaller than any of them. We did somersaults, wheelbarrows, used hula hoops to walk, sang, played on a variety of foam stairs, ramps, springboards and even the bars! Dempsey would only hang on the bars for the class instructor which we thought was funny! But, he clearly enjoyed Mr. Nick's spotting technique! :)

Finn traveled for work this month and we sent him lots of pictures! Finn and I also went to an awesome concert, The Reminders. They are one of my favorite groups to see live and they are husband and wife MCs from Colorado which makes it all the more fun to go see them. Finn and I also went up to Copper Mountain to enjoy some of the fresh snow that had been falling in the high country. I'm getting better every time we go but still have a terrible time carving - but like I tell Finn, at least I can ride goofy footed as well as regular. Right?! :) I started my final semester of graduate school, the same day we went snowboarding actually. I can't wait to be done with my Master's...this last year has felt particularly slow and brutal...but there is a light starting to glimmer at the end of this long ass tunnel! Here's some fun instagram photos from the month. I left off the most popular one of chicken and waffles, but you can click over to the bookface if you somehow missed that awesomeness.

I can't believe the next Dempsey blog update will be for his FIRST BIRTHDAY!!!! How in the world did that happen? Can anyone believe that a full year has gone by since this little man came into the world??? I know I can't. I'm just completely and utterly shocked! AHHH!!!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Ten Months of Awesomeness!

Well, ten months has come and gone and it is truly frightening how quickly the time has passed! He now has 4 teeth -- his two lower central incisors and his top two lateral incisors. As his top two were coming in he also came down with a pretty bad cold; which also happened to be three days before Christmas. It was really hard seeing our usually super-energetic and independent little guy be so stuffed up, snotty, coughy and needy. You want to fix it but you know it just has to run its course. And, even those who saw him on his worst days said that he was the "happiest sick kid" they had ever seen. We truly lucked out with this happy-go-lucky little man.

He has definitely been growing, although it is more length-wise rather than weight-wise. people often think that he might be older than he is based on his size. We have no idea, to be honest, since we don't have anyone to compare him to. But looking back on his old pictures, as well as comparing him to the newest member of the family, Mr. Caleb, who was born on Nov. 29th, we can for sure say that he seems gigantic these days! :)

We have been spending lots of time playing, cruising along the furniture, reading books, practicing walking, crawling, army crawling, being in nature and about 500 other activities every day! :) He learned how to stand up in his crib this past month and that has been fun but also presents some challenges when it comes to nap times. He has recently become much more confident in his ability to go from standing to sitting, but has not seemed to master that skill in his crib. Between the cold, the teething and his new found ability to stand up in his crib (and look out the windows), his nap schedule has not been going as smoothly as it had been. He sometimes plays through his entire afternoon nap and has also passed on his morning nap. This makes for an interesting day and usually a fussy bedtime and night wakings. He had been sleeping a solid 12-13 hours at night but has been waking up a bit more than usual recently. Hopefully this will all pass soon! 

He is sooo very close to walking on his own. He walks pretty well while just holding onto one of our fingers, particularly if there is a dog he can walk chase after! He is just very hesitant to give up that other hand! He can balance for a little bit of time on his own, until he realizes that you aren't letting him lean against you anymore. It will be very exciting when he gets the confidence to take those first steps!

I've also been trying to use instagram a little bit more (ashleighr22). I like it. I don't always share my pictures over on the book face because I don't want to be that annoying person who posts pictures of their awesome kid every single day, but it seems much more socially acceptable on the 'gram! :)

The little dude got to celebrate his very first Christmas this year! That was pretty exciting! Unfortunately, he was a snot-nosed mess. But he was a total trooper. He participated in our annual Christmas Eve party at our house and then went to both sets of grandparents' houses on Christmas day. He even helped put out some nutmeg logs for Santa on his plate that my mom made him (check it out in the picture below) on Christmas Eve!  We changed up the usual routine a bit to make our lives a little easier and we all went to Jeff and Jill's house for Christmas dinner rather than us going back and forth between our parents' houses throughout the day. We still did gift opening at both places and to say that he was spoiled is such an understatement; it's not even funny. We were all more than spoiled, to be completely honest. It was a great day, despite the terrible cold that he had. I can only imagine that next year will be so much different when he is nearly two years old! Overall, his first Christmas was a day filled with fun, family and lots of love! :)

On another Christmas note...all the kids got Jill Broncos tickets for Christmas! She had never been to a game, even though she is one of their biggest fans! Finn captured the priceless moment of her opening the gift on camera and I thought you'd all love to see it!!

As usual, our month was pretty full of activities. But, one of the more stressful but also exciting things that happened to me was that I traveled to some of our study sites for work and we are finally getting our study kicked off after a couple years in planning mode! I also ate some good food, and drank some beer that I liked and nearly broke my finger in a rental car trunk. It was a great trip. Finn got to help me put together  the dog saliva collection kits for one of our sites this month and he was the best assistant money couldn't buy!! 

I would like to say I will blog again before next month, but it seems pretty unlikely. I'm in my FINAL (yahoo!) semester of grad school and work is getting busier everyday and Dempsey moves about 100mph 90% of the time....soooo yeah...see you all next month!! :)

Love and Kisses,

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

2012 Holiday Card

We created our first holiday card, ever! We had Hanni do a holiday photo shoot with us and then used Shutterfly to create our card. We absolutely love them and can't wait to send them to all of our friends and family!
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

9 Months in Crazy Town!

Holy bajeesus! This kid is a wackadoo! He has changed so much this month it's hard to comprehend and even harder to try to put into words. I mean, he's been out of the womb as long as he was in it now and that is just totally weird to think about!

He now has two teeth, is 29" tall (75th percentile), weighs just over 20 lbs (63rd percentile) and his head grew a whole inch, putting him in the 52nd percentile for head circumference, (it must be all of that new brain matter)!! He is a long, big baby! His doctor even said he looks bigger than his stats would indicate.

9 months of Dempsey!
He started swimming lessons this month and he loves the water! He is a bit of a busy body though and during the lessons while all the other babies his age are resting on their parents' chest, he is pushing up and looking around at all of the other kids and people in and around the pool! The only exception is when he is on his back - then he becomes super still and floats like he is in a super peaceful state of mind. His favorite activity at the pool is reach for and grabbing onto the side of the pool - he can hold onto the side and support himself which is neat! He also loves to practice "jumping" into the pool from the side. It's so much fun to do swimming lessons with him but it is equally, if not more, fun to watch Dempsey and Finn in the pool together! They just melt my heart! It was nice that my dad and Finn's mom got to go and watch him the last week of November while I was out of town. I heard that they both may have even gotten a little bit of chlorine in their eyes due to all the cuteness that was going on! ;)

Dempsey celebrated his first Thanksgiving in true American style by stuffing his face with more food than we ever thought imaginable! He tried sweet potato rolls, turkey, quinoa and root vegetable salad, cauliflower mashed "potatoes," and some of his dad's famous yams! He seemed to love everything he tried and just kept on eating and eating and eating. He wore the most appropriate bib for he occasion that said "Everyone Is Thankful for Me" and  it couldn't have been more true. It was a wonderful day. We spent some time at Finn's parents' house in the morning watching soccer and playing with a new dump truck toy and then we all went over to my parents' house to celebrate and have dinner with both families. We are truly blessed that we have families that not only "get along" but also enjoy each other enough to celebrate the holidays together - for that, Finn and I couldn't be more thankful.

We purchased and received a number of new toys for Dempsey as it became apparent that junk mail and teethers weren't doing the trick anymore. We got several wooden toys, including blocks, a xylophone, and a clutching toy. Finn bought him a really cool clack and slide activity ball - which is really hard to describe - but he loves it! We also got him an alphabet play mat for his room on the day before Black Friday (also known as Thanksgiving).  The play mat has been really great and we've been spending more time in his room playing rather than in the living room. It's nice for me to have one area that contains most of the messy madness of the day so that when he naps I can focus on work and not cleaning up 5 gallion things all over the house every couple of hours.

A quick note on Black Friday shopping. Some people love it, some people hate it. Some people think that we should  protest and boycott stores opening on Thanksgiving. I think that everyone has valid arguments, no matter what side they are on. However, we enjoy the thrill of the shopping and saving a lot of money on things we had already planned on buying. We even crossed off 90% of our Christmas list. Anywho... regardless of how terrible you might be thinking we are - this year we brought thank you cards and a gift for the employees that helped us. It wasn't anything huge, but we wanted to show that we appreciated those people for working and that we understood that they may have been sacrificing time with their families and friends.

We spent a lovely day at Chatfield Reservoir at the huge off-leash dog park. We had such beautiful weather that day and it was, according to Oakleigh, ideal for swimming. Gus even swam, which must have meant it was pretty warm because he is a pit of a pansy when it comes to chilly water. It was nice to be outside enjoying the weather with the family, in November! Finn and I also went to a Broncos game in some lovely weather this month. It was a ton of fun and was my first Broncos game, ever! We got the tickets from my old boss and they were great seats!

He has a pretty regular schedule, when he's not teething. He typically wakes up between 6 and 7, parties for a couple of hours and goes down for a nap at 9. He naps for about 2 hours and then eats lunch, goes crazy, and then goes down for another nap around 2pm. He then wakes up, has dinner, parties like there is no tomorrow, maybe goes to swim lessons, maybe has "spa" night and then goes down for bed around 7pm. It is an action packed day, every day! Dempsey loves his spa nights - which are bath nights - which we do every other night. He graduated to the real tub this month. Last month we switched him from the sink tub to the blow up tub in the big bath tub and now he is in the full bath tub! We have some inflatable bumpers up around the perimeter and a slip-proof mat that we sit him on. He plays with his toys, pulls up onto the side of the tub and generally has a blast.

He is crawling all over the place this days and alternates between real crawls and army crawls. He had his first real crawls the day after Thanksgiving and he pulled up (on something other than a person) all on his own on his 9 month birthday! We are quickly becoming the proud parents of a toddler/waddler! AHHHHH!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

8 Months

Dempsey has been around for two-thirds of a year already! It is crazy to think that he is approaching the one year mark! The time has truly flown by!

He loves to eat most anything. He particularly likes vegetables, and thankfully LOVES his carrots. We have introduced a lot of new fruits, vegetables and even some meat this month. He is a great eater! He eats two "meals" per day and also shares my breakfast with me most mornings - he likes to zoom around the house in his roller chair and he will come up to me with his mouth open until I give him a tiny bite then will wander off to pester the dogs or play with something and then come back again when he's ready. It's pretty cute and funny.

He is getting closer and closer to crawling but hasn't gone forward just yet. He is very good at sitting up and enjoys sitting and playing with all sorts of toys and other objects. He still loves the outdoors and enjoys long walks in his Bjorn. He also likes going for walks in his stroller - which we rarely use. My dad and I used it one day when we got a some snow and had to do some work in the community garden. So, we bundled that little fellow up and strolled on out into the chilly air. He also went on a walk to the garden with his Grandma Tutu and my parents took him for a long walk in Broomfield in his other stroller. He has lots of new noises and is starting to laugh a bit more. We are still waiting for the giggles and belly laughs that last longer than one second and aren't started by tickling! :)

He weighs about twenty pounds and has probably grown about an inch since his check-up last month. We won't get his official stats until next month at his 9 month check-up, but I'm quite certain that he is growing perfectly. He is starting to fill out his chair quite nicely ;)

This was a busy month for us - something new and exciting, eh!? But in all seriousness, it was his first Autumn/Fall and that meant we had to cram in all sorts of fun stuff that he didn't understand at the time and will never really remember - Heehee!

Along with our parents, we took him to pumpkin patch. I thought it was a pumpkin patch but it turned out to be more of a corn maze with piles of gourds and pumpkins along with a petting zoo corral and other Octobery activities. We had Dempsey pose in the big scarecrow cut out - which made for some funny pictures. We sat him in a pile of gourds which he found to be interesting and delicious. We attempted a family photo but they didn't turn out - but we'll have it for the ol' memory book anyway.

It was also Dempsey's first Halloween! Finn and I decided that we needed to accentuate his best feature - his adorableness. So, logically, we dressed him up as a monkey!

Finn took Dempsey into his work that day to see everyone and win the cutest trick-or-treater of the day award from ACVIM. That night Charlotte came over and we took Dempsey out to see the neighbors dressed in his best monkey garb. He enjoyed picking his own handfuls of candy out of the bowls. It was cute  when he went for a new piece of candy because he would drop the previous piece he had gotten. We only went to four houses, but it was fun nonetheless!

 I also traveled to San Francisco to present at the American Public Health Association conference. The weather couldn't have been nicer, I got to tour the city and go to lunch with a close family friend and the presentation and conference was great! I wish I would have had more time to be there, but I had to get back home to my family and I didn't want to miss Dempsey's First Halloween!

Finn wrapped up another season of coaching this month. He had a new U11 boys team this season. It was a great learning experience for him as he has previously coached girls. He had a successful and winning season, as well!

While this is should technically part of Dempsey's next monthly update - it is so exciting that I had to include it. The day after he turned 8 months he cut his first tooth -- his bottom, left central incisor! Woohoo!!