16 Weeks

Well it’s about time we mentioned this other kiddo, right? I finally remembered to take our 1st belly picture! It’s funny how I think I started weekly pictures at 6 weeks with Jake. Again, sorry baby #2!!

I saw this format on another blog and I think I’ll copy. Informative and concise! Everytime I’ll try to show pictures from both pregnancies at the same point in time. Jake on the left, baby #2 on the right…looks like I got a little more done up this time around. You’re welcome.

I’m 16 weeks!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 16.5 Weeks
Size of baby: Size of an avocado
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 5 lbs
Maternity Clothes: Not yet
Gender: Possible a boy
Movement: Sometimes I think I’ve felt slight movement…I’m sure it will pick up soon!
Sleep: Love it
What I miss: Feeling normal
Cravings: Cereal, Nilla Wafers, Sprite, Bagels, Waffles, Chinese
Symptoms: Occasional nausea, headaches
Best Moment this week: Hearing baby’s heartbeat yesterday – 155bpm and going strong!

It’s hard to believe I’ve been doing this blog for 3 years already! Hope everyone has a safe and fun New Year’s Eve and I’ll see all of you in 2011!

Merry Christmas Extravaganza!

Why is it that the holidays are so darn exhausting? I feel like we decorate, plan, and anticipate for weeks and then in a day, Christmas is over and normal life starts again.

Except in my situation, normal life means trying not to trip over the Christmas decorations that have been taken down but are still sitting on the floor in various places. And the variety of locations is due to 2 little hands getting ahold of things he shouldn’t. :)

I never want our children to forget why we celebrate Christmas…to rejoice in the birth of our Savior!! We kicked off the season by attending the children’s Christmas Eve service at church…and Jake loved it! It was perfect for us because it was loud (key word: children’s service), they sang Christmas carols, heard the nativity story, and saw a real-life (well, fake) sheep, camel, cow (it might have been the Chick-fil-a cow…was he there the night Christ was born?), wise men, etc … oh and of course the baby Jesus…all come down the center aisle. And with our 3rd row seats, we were front and center for all the action! I think it will be a great tradition for years to come.

Just look how happy the little guy was! Ha.

After church, we came home and had a yummy meal of Pepper Steak and made homemade chocolate chip cookies. We did this last year too so maybe it’s officially a tradition?

Jake helped me with the dishes after dinner…so helpful, that kid!

Christmas morning was a little like the whole gingerbread house situation. In my head, Jake was going to run out of his bedroom, GASP in surprise at all the presents Santa had brought, and jump up and down while giggling and hugging and kissing his Mommy and Daddy.

In actuality, it was a tad dramatic, as all mornings usually are in the Anderle house. But after we had some tamales for breakfast (again, another tradition! I’m on a roll), things calmed down and we moved into the living room…

Does it count if he briskly walked over to his new (used) Elmo toolbench in excitement?? Even though we’ve been playing with this for a couple months in the garage, it was like a whole new toy once we brought it inside!


Sidenote: I don’t appear in many of these pictures. But Jake, I promise I was there! Someone had to make the memories happen!

Not too impressed with the presents…

Jake wanted to sit in his chair and watch us open his presents for him. I think he’ll be a little more into the “opening” part next year.

Santa brought Jake a MegaBloks table with 75 more bloks to go with the 80 we already had…what was Santa thinking??

DaddyJake didn’t waste any time getting started!

Later in the day we headed to La Grange to celebrate Christmas with Seth’s family. We saw a lot of family in a short amount of time! We are lucky that both sides of Seth’s family are within probably a 20 mile radius of one another so it makes get-togethers really easy.

All the cousins
(Jacob, Jarad, Chase, Ali, Dylan, Avery, Me, Jake, Seth)

Jake showed Avery and Jarad how to play with his new ball-bopping toy (for lack of better words)

I’m sure Minaw appreciated getting her carpet mowed!

We opened presents at Nonnie and Popo’s right before bedtime. Jake didn’t know what to think about this monster box!

He is really proud of his new see-saw and is currently interviewing for qualified see-saw partners!

The Lightning McQueen rolling suitcase from Uncle Chase was a big hit.

Everyone looking and smiling on the 3rd try – victory!
(Seth, Me, Chase, Nonnie, Jake, Popo)

Why open presents when you can just drag them around?

Jake got to feed the donkeys with Popo on Sunday morning. This was a super exciting activity. Did you know donkeys were that big?? They were probably glad to see us go – Maggie and Tucker spent 99% of the time standing on the other side of the fence and barking at them. Once the donkeys started kicking, I thought Tucker was a goner but…alas he’s still here. And hyper.

We were so glad to spend time with everyone and can’t wait to have Christmas with the rest of our family in a few weeks! Who says you can’t open presents in January? :)

Lately…

I feel like Jake has already fallen under the trap of second child syndrome. Which is a wonder, considering he’s the first child. But I just haven’t been in the blogging mood lately and unfortunately have not documented our life very well the past couple months either. Don’t act like you haven’t noticed. But I reeeallly want to put more of an effort into this, especially before Baby #2 arrives, so hopefully 2011 brings lots of energy for me!

I’ll do a 15 month post for Jake in January but for now, here is what he’s been up to…
Feeding Tucker his snacks, of course. We’ve had several issues lately regarding Jake wanting to “share” his food. He gets so excited when the dogs want to eat his goldfish, chicken nuggets, sandwich, fruit, etc etc and sometimes spends more time making sure the dogs are fed and forgets about himself. He also likes to make sure they have equal amounts of food in their dog bowls. I am not joking. Tucker gets 2 cups and Maggie gets 1.5 for each meal…Jake takes food out of Tucker’s bowl and puts more in Maggie’s, bless his heart. Or he’ll just transfer the food to the floor for easier access? The dogs just stand there and let him run all over them. We are blessed to have such laid back pets!!

Jake still really isn’t into TV, but he likes sitting in his chair and holding old remote controls. In this picture, the TV wasn’t even on. He’ll occasionally sit for the opening song of Sesame Street but then gets distracted by the potpourri bowl on the coffee table…or toys in the other room…or dogs…or _________ (fill in the blank).

We have since nixed this activity of playing with our glass spices (amateur mom over here!) but everything gets stacked and sorted these days. Notice his tower of spice jars. MegaBloks are one of his more favorite toys (Daddy’s too) and he loves to build and build. It’s funny seeing his little mind work and how creative he can get. He’ll try to stack lotion or vitamin bottles in my bathroom, toys in the bathtub, etc and it’s fun watching him figure out what does and doesn’t work.

Jake also understands so many words and it’s exciting to see him respond (correctly) to things like…”Go get your blanket!” or “Let’s take a bath!”. He’ll search all over the house until he can find his blanket…stand at the bathtub and wait…go to his highchair when you say it’s time to eat, and so on. I just have to be really careful when I throw out “Daddy”. There have been a couple times I’ve accidentally said “Daddy’s on his way home!” and then Jake will stand at the garage door and eventually start crying if he doesn’t show up. So I’ve learned to call Seth and ask where he is before I mention the “D” word. :)

A couple weeks ago, I thought it’d be constructive to make a gingerbread house. Again, amateur mom. In my head, I imagined how it would go…

Jake would sit nicely at the table and watch Mommy put together the gingerbread house, occasionally gasping at my stellar arts & crafts skills and being so very grateful when I let him have a piece of candy.

Instead, we had…

A mess. That I did not prepare very well for.

Needless to say, he loved the gingerbread house…just not in the way I anticipated!

Jake loves riding his little tractor around. He straddles the seat and actually walks around, dragging the tractor with him. Hey, whatever works!


And never fear, he doesn’t look quite this punk rocker-ish anymore. I decided to give him an impromptu haircut during his bath last week. Smart and safe, I know. But we were growing a mullet any redneck would rival and something had to be done ASAP. So I took off about 2 inches in the back (2 inches people. The hair was well past his neckline.) and an inch in the front. I think we will be having a professional do this in the future…

Phew, I feel better!

Attack of the Killer Cribs

I know this isn’t exactly what you come to the blog to read, but my kids are taking a final and I have 2 hours to kill.

Drop Side Cribs were banned in the US and become illegal, effective June 2011!

Is this what my life has come to?

But seriously, the statistics are scary…since 2000, 32 infants and toddlers have been killed by malfunctioning drop-side cribs, and at least 14 other deaths are suspect due to the killer cribs.

Not a risk I’d be willing to take and I’m so very glad we don’t have one!

More pleasant news promised shortly. Related to Gingerbread Houses, Santa, and the current cleanliness of my house.

(I said it would be more pleasant. Not awesome)

Look, I know.

I’m running out of excuses. I really am.

But due to a special visitor named stomach bug from hell that I had to entertain this weekend, I have not had time to grade 25 research papers that have to be graded by tomorrow night. So that is my current task. Once I get final grades posted I promise I will blog. Right after I clean the house!

At least we already know what my New Year’s Resolution will be!!

A Boy and His Dog

I mean really…

These two are inseparable. Notice how Jake is enjoying a horse & pony show while Tucker is just trimming his nails. Just a day in the life I suppose.

Free ride? Don’t mind if I do!

This picture insists on posting sideways. But it just cracks me up!

Brotherly love

For real? This happened people. They were both so pooped after we got back in town last weekend, Jake decided to rest his legs for a couple minutes on the floor next to his best bud. He’s even sharing his beloved blanket.

I have a feeling he’ll be more likely to share that blanket with Tucker than with a sibling come June…

Giving Thanks

Speaking of thanks, you might not be thankful for the picture quality in this post. But let’s just say we were so caught up in spending time with family over the holidays that we just forgot to use the camera!

We had a mini-marathon of a trip last week to visit both sides of our family. We were put to work at Nana’s house to help paint the outside of the house! It was sooo cold outside in San Antonio and we weren’t quite as prepared as we should’ve been. Jake had a rough week anyway with another tooth coming in so he would be just devastated if he couldn’t go outside to do what he wanted.

1 yr old + free reign of the backyard + paint cans = not the best idea!

But we had so much fun catching up with family…we got to see my grandparents, mom, dad, aunt, uncle, & cousins along with Aunt Rachel and future Uncle Michael. It was so nice to all be together because it had been awhile!

Seth and Uncle David helping Jake on the ladder. Kids don’t try that at home!

We thought it was so funny to put that brush in his pocket :)

Seth, Mr. Crews, and Michael painting with Rachel’s instruction

See, we had a team! The house looked so nice when we were finished!

Even Jake decided to help out.

He didn’t know what to think about being so bundled up!

Before we were in San Antonio, we spent a couple days with Seth’s family in La Grange. Jake got to see more aunts, uncles, and cousins and loved all the attention!

Our little musician playing Minaw’s piano

Reading books with Granny

He loves to ride around in the wagon at Nonnie & Popo’s house!

See, I told you it was bad. No group pictures. I was so disappointed with myself! We had a great time but were super excited to sleep in our own bed on Sunday night – 4 nights in the same room as a one year old and a sound machine were quite enough thank you very much.

We are so blessed to have wonderful families that love us and little Jake!