Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter 2014

We had a busy Easter weekend. It started with a egg hunt and house warming party for our friends Chris and Lucie. That was followed by a date night for a Evan and I to celebrate our 5th year anniversary. We went to buy Evan a new suit so he can look his best at his oral board test in St.Louis. After that mission was accomplished, we headed over to the Capital Hotel in downtown Little Rock. I'd been wanting to try the bar and grille there and it did not disappoint. Most memorable was the pimento cheese appetizer and Knickerboxer cocktail. 
Sunday morning, the Easter bunny surprised Colin with a basket full of goodies and a new backpack full of some spring/summer clothes from Mommy and Daddy. The biggest hits were the ninja turtles water bottle and and buzz light year t shirt...not surprising since Colin is very into pretending to be a super hero these days. We headed to church for the 11am service followed by another brunch at one of Colin's school friends house. A busy weekend, and definitely a fun one! 

Easter egg dying 

Colin and our neighbor Evie 

He was not happy about the bow tie, it came off right after this picture

Colin with his school friend Cas after church 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dylan Kenneth Tummel

This precious baby has been with us for a little over a month now. It's hard to see his personality at this young age but so far he's  been quite a joy to have with us. He hardly fusses except when he's tired or hungry. He has started to be more alert and look around more and turns his head when he hears our voices. Sometimes I swear he's trying to smile and I can't wait until he does! 
At first he refused the pacifier but he has started to take it more now. He likes to be swaddled to sleep and to sit in his swing and look out the window or at the spinner above the swing. Fans capture his attention as well. He is a pretty good sleeper so far, during the day I'll either put him in his swing for naps or the bassinet and he falls asleep pretty easily on his own. I've been keeping him on a eat, play, sleep cycle like I did with Colin so it's been good to have him in a semi routine. He is fingers crossed sleeping good stretches at night..he goes down anywhere between 9 and 10 and has slept a good 4-5 hour stretch before he wakes up for his next feed. Unlike his brother, Dylan took to nursing very well and also will take a bottle easily too.
Of course he's only a month old so all of this changes on a daily basis but I'm trying to just go with the flow :) 

Sunday, February 9, 2014


Friday night brought about 3 inches of snow. The first thing Colin said when he woke up was "Let's go play in the snow!" I didn't have quite as much enthusiasm as he did, but took him out for a walk to "stomp" around the neighborhood, and of course everything looked beautiful covered in a blanket of white. When Evan got home later in the morning, they went back out for some sledding.

I knocked more things off my baby to do list as well. My hospital bag is 90% packed, his going home outfits are picked out, and evan attatched the ride on board to our stroller so Colin can stand and ride while the baby sits. I feel 98% ready for this baby- diaper changing station is ready, clothes are clean,tucked into his drawers, all the baby gear has been washed with new batteries, I'm ready with supplies and support for breastfeeding or bottle feeding, freezer is semi stocked with food for easy dinners, I've even preloaded everyone's addresses so ill actually send out baby announcements this time. I pampered myself with a massage, haircut and mani/pedi. On Friday I interviewed a great girl who will come babysit once a week after all our family has left, I figured a few hours a week to ourselves when the baby comes will be well worth it. 
The only things left to do are install the baby car seat, knock out any laundry ( our washer is acting up and I'm hoping evan can fix it today!) and make one more trip to the grocery store. A cleaning lady is coming today to get the house nice and clean for the baby's arrival and I'm going to set her up to come every 2 weeks until I get in the swing of things and can do it myself again. Now...the biggest thing that is still not done is picking out his name, we are still undecided and it is really getting close!! 

The doctor told me Id be in the hospital 2 nights, which means I'm most likely bringing the baby home on Valentine's Day! Yesterday we ironed this onto a little onesie for him to wear home :) 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Can't believe I've made it

I'm officially full term today. I can't believe I'm here, it seems like just yesterday and also ages ago when I saw those 2 blue lines show up on my pregnancy test. I've got two more weeks until my c section but getting to 37 weeks is always reassuring to know the baby would be ok outside the womb at this point, I just hope he stays put until the 12th! I've slowly been knocking out our baby to do list and getting everything ready for him...I think I'll be a lot more prepared than I was with Colin. I'm hoping to get everything done by this weekend so I can then spend the rest of the time just relaxing before the business of a newborn takes over. A massage, pedicure and haircut will definitely be on next weeks agenda. And maybe staying in my pjs a lot maternity wardrobe has definitely dwindled, between this cold weather and my huge belly barely anything fits now! 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

What we've been up to

 Colin is in school 5 Mornings a week since the beginning Of this month. So far it's going well...I was able to keep him in his Mothers Day Out that he's been in since we moved here, which is on Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings at a local church. Then on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings he goes to a Montessori school around the corner from our house. So far, I really like his teacher there and the Montessori concept and he seems to like it too, there are sometimes some tears about wanting to stay home with Mommy ( which reminds me of my Opa telling me stories of how he never wanted to go to school because he wanted to stay home with his Mommy) but those tears have gotten less and less as the month as gone on and he's gotten more used to it. I do have some guilt over sending him, but at 3 years old and with baby brother on the way, I know it's for the best. Plus he is always happy when I pick him up and tells me " I had a fun day Mommy, that makes me happy"...which is funny because he used to just say " I had a fun day Mommy" and I would respond with "that makes me happy" but now he says that too. He is talking up a storm and is pretty of my favorite phrases is when he tells me "great idea mommy!!" haha! 
Colin's other favorite activities lately are playing with play-doh, doing puzzles, cutting paper with his own scissors, and painting with water colors..these have all been good activities as we've spent more time indoors since it's so cold outside. 

We also got back from a 5 day unexpected trip for my Opa's memorial service. Colin has no grasp on the concept that Opa is gone, which is expected at his age.I just hope he'll hold at least one memory of Opa. I was really glad to go home, if this trip hadn't come up we would have gone from the beginning of December until the end of April without a trip to Florida, which is entirely too long. We spent most of the 5 days catching up with family that came in town including my cousins from Wisconsin and my cousin Juliet from England who I rarely get to see and whom Colin loved playing with. He also really enjoys cousin Julia from Wisconsin too. Most of our trip was spent with family but we were able to squeeze in a little friend time too and a trip to the Gasparilla Children's parade.
A little less than 3 weeks now until Colin is joined by a little brother, we can't wait to meet him but I am soaking up the down time while Colin is in school and all the one one time with him before my attention is divided! 

Playing with his play-doh

Kisses for Juliet

A morning at Busch Gardens 

Catching beads at the Gasparilla Children's parade

Getting a shoulder ride with cousin Julia

Walking down to parade with Hayley, Anna and Clark

Sunday, January 12, 2014

1 month until Delivery day!

Dear baby boy,
We still don't have a name for you. Your Dad and I have a list of names and we most likely will be naming you in the hospital! You sure do like to kick in my tummy, you are a very active little guy! You are kicking me on my right side as I write this.I love it though and am anxious for you to come out so we can finally meet you! What will you look like? What will your personality be? I have no idea, but I know me, your Daddy, your big brother and the rest of your family can't wait to meet you, hold you and snuggle you! Keep growing and we'll meet you soon!