25 March 2015

Ten Months Old

Eli was ten months old last week! 

Eli is a totally different baby since we got his food situation figured out. He's so happy and is sleeping as well as a baby can. We won't have another doctor's appointments until Eli is a year old, so I'm not sure his exact height and weight. But I can tell he is growing bigger and stronger! He is in 6-9 month clothes and still in size 3 diapers. No new teeth, but he loves showing off the ones he has. He is a crawling maniac these days and has a couple of toys that assist him in walking all over the living room. Some play music, and Eli has learned to dance! He will stop whatever he's doing to dance to tunes on the TV or even sometimes when I sing. After pulling up, Eli lets go and can stand up all by himself! I think he still has a month or so to walk, but he's definitely making moves in that direction. 

Eli has a whole different interest in Jessie with his new mobility. They love to wrestle and play tag or tug of war. Jessie is a perfect big sister- so gentle and patient. The weather is starting to warm up, and we are already enjoying getting outside in beautiful Alaska. Eli loves to ride in his stroller, and he played on the swings for the first time the other day. But his favorite thing to do each day is FaceTime his dad or listen to the book that his dad recorded for him before he left. We are so grateful for time with him each day!

08 March 2015

Baby Woodard: The Sequel

So if you're wondering what the big news was that I gave Hubs at our family photo shoot, this is it! 

Baby Dos is due in the fall. Eli is a big brother!

We did try for this baby, although I was a little shocked it worked so quickly! I was not off birth control for two weeks, and it is supposedly harder to get pregnant while nursing. But when we first talked about starting to build our family, we loved the idea of siblings close in age. We had an obstacle come up with Hubs' work plans, so we decided that we would try right before. Our mindset was that if it worked, that's great, and if not, we'll just try as soon as he's home. Welp…it worked. We wouldn't have waited much longer to try anyways if his work plans hadn't made us bump it up a bit. The kiddos should be about 15 to 16 months apart, and we are so excited! Hubs kept saying, "this is so perfect! I'm so happy! Aren't you so happy?!" Haha. I definitely am thrilled, but I think I was more shocked at first. We had thought through every possible scenario of this next year before we decided to try, and we are so comfortable with the situation. Some of the process might be bittersweet, but we love the timing, are so blessed by our support group here, and have such a sweet thing to anticipate for the next months. 

This baby is also the reason we had problems with Eli's food. Being pregnant kept me from being able to produce milk for Eli. He was hangry (being hungry makes you angry = hangry) at the same time that I was inflicted with constant morning sickness and Hubs was gone at training. It may have been the most difficult month of my life. But Eli is now satisfied, the morning sickness is gone, and we get to talk to Hubs everyday. I have had a few appointments checking in on the new baby, and s/he is wonderful.

03 March 2015

Ashton Renée Photography

We had family photos taken by our favorite Alaskan photographer, Ashton, back in January just a few days before Andrew left for a month-long training in California. I could not be happier with these sweet pictures! Our love our Alaska landscape. It was so difficult to choose my favorites because they are all so cute! And Ashton took a whole session of photos in about 18 minutes to get us out of the extra cold temps that day. It was also a very special day because I was able to give Andrew a super fun and really BIG surprise at the session that I had found out about right before!