Brett, Heather, Kayla, and Tyson

Brett, Heather, Kayla, and Tyson
Brett, Heather, Kayla, and Tyson

Daisypath - Anniversary

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Baby Crandall #3

Well, we're starting on the parenthood journey again! We're excited and a little nervous to welcome baby number 3 this spring. I wanted to keep track of some of my thoughts and feelings through this pregnancy.

The baby was smiling!

This pregnancy was a bit of a surprise, honestly. We had been talking about when to have another baby and were having a hard time getting excited about it with our two active, emotional, and ye, sometimes crazy toddlers. I think we were dragging our feet a little too much because Heavenly Father kind of pushed this one along for us, haha! 

We're definitely excited and feeling very blessed to have this new little one joining our family. It took a little time for Brett to really get excited though. Its interesting how different men and women feel about these things. Brett was worried about finances and being able to provide for all three kids. I was worried about being able to emotionally meet the needs of three kids. We've been really blessed since finding out about this pregnancy in a lot of ways though, and I feel its Heavenly Father assuring us that we're ready and able to care for this baby.

My pregnancy started off a little harder this time around. I had more nausea than with the others, although its still nothing to complain about. I know I have it much easier than a lot of my friends, but it was remarkably worse this time. Maybe its age or maybe its chasing around two toddlers. Thankfully, it started to wear off right around 12 weeks. 

We have another thumbsucker! 

Because of my history with big babies (Kayla - 9lbs and Tyson 10lbs9oz) my midwife decided to test me early for gestational diabetes. So at 16 weeks, right before Christmas, I got diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I only failed the one hour test by four points so I thought I'd pass the three hour test, no problem. My fasting was great, my one hour was pretty high, and my two hour was only high by 3 points. If you fail two hours, you fail the test. I was really disappointed, concerned, overwhelmed, guilty, and stressed when I found out. 

Since it was right before Christmas, my midwife said not to worry until after the holidays when I could meet with a diabetic educator. Well, I took it my diagnosis, did some research and decided to take it to an extreme. I basically cut all refined sugar out of my diet. I had a few carbs, but mostly whole wheat, and didn't have any candy, cookies, or anything else over Christmas break. I also exercised 6 days a week for at least 30-45 minutes. I actually lost 5 pounds! I know I had weight to lose, and I was feeling good. 

Then I met with the diabetic educator and found out I should still be eating 45-60 grams of carbs per meal and a few 15 gram snacks between meals. I was definitely not getting that many carbs. I also started testing my blood sugar in the morning and two hours after each meal. It was always pretty low! Fasting blood sugar was usually around 60 and my 2 hr levels were usually around 80, even eating the recommended amounts of carbs. Once my two hour level was 57! I decided to do a few tests where I ate what I wanted and then checked. It was maybe around 95. Anything under 120 at the two hour mark was normal. I've been pretty perplexed by all of this. My midwife didn't have an answer for me and the doctors I work for said it sounded more reactive hypoglycemia rather than gestational diabetes. I haven't really been very careful at all with what I eat over the last week. I'm not going crazy, but I am eating what I want. My levels have been a little higher, but still not anywhere close to 120. I'm still exercising every day and feel great because of it. I'll keep testing my levels and eating healthy, because more than anything, I want this baby to be healthy. 

In some ways, our whole family has benefited from this diagnosis. We now only use brown rice, whole grain pasta, and I learned a lot about carbs from the diabetic educator and dietician. I think we would all be a lot healthier if we ate like diabetics the majority of the time. We always pair carbs with protein now and I have little to no desire to eat something that has crazy amounts of carbs. I just don't think its worth it. 

The second trimester has been great. I still take naps occasionally while the kids sleep, but I'm fine if I don't get a nap. My energy level is good. Over the last couple weeks, I've been really hungry and my stomach grew like crazy! I think this little one had a growth spurt! We had our ultrasound at 22 weeks and everything looked good. Ironically, this baby is actually measuring small. At my first ultrasound, I was 6 days behind (I ovulated super late), but they didn't change my due date. So its not surprising that the baby is a little small, but its averaging 20th percentile. One of the head measurements was 8% while the other was 11%. Because of this, my doctor wants a follow up ultrasound in a few weeks. I'm anxious to see how much the baby has grown. I'm not worried about the head size because smaller heads and petite people run in Brett's family. 

First bumpie at 23 weeks! My belly is definitely growing fast!
This baby is much more like Kayla movement wise. Thankfully, so far I haven't had any swelling or carpal tunnel problems like with Kayla's pregnancy. It will be interesting to see what gender this baby is because there are similarities to both my prior pregnancies. Every one is unique though!

I'm excited to see how the rest of the pregnancy goes. Tyson and Kayla are so sweet and excited about this baby! Kayla is sure that its a girl. Tyson currently says its a girl as well (we're not finding out the gender!) They both love to kiss and talk to my belly. It will definitely be a challenge having three kids to take care of, but these kiddos will both be awesome big siblings! If Tyson doesn't accidentally kill the baby by stepping on it or playing too rough, that is!

I can't wait to hold this little gift from heaven in my arms! 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Kayla 4 years old!

Our little Kayla is 4 years old! I couldn't help but remembering every moment from the day she was born. She has taken me on this journey of motherhood and taught me so much. I wanted to write down a few things about Kayla this age. 

Kayla has a very strong personality. She is loud, bossy, loves to be in charge, sweet, loving and loves being a mommy figure to others. She is very affectionate and cuddly. During dinner, she'll want to sit and hold my arm or be as close to me as she can be. When Brett leaves in the morning to go to the gym, Kayla comes right in our room, climbs in bed with me and cuddles until Brett gets back. She still sucks her thumb and twirls her hair. She also LOVES to twirl my hair. She also still doesn't have much hair, but its always adorable and she loves finding new styles for us to try in her hair. 

 

 Speaking of hair, Kayla cut her own hair a few months ago! I asked her to find some socks for Tyson so we could go run errands. She is so great at being helpful with things like that. She ran upstairs and took a little longer than normal. When she came down, I immediately saw the damage. She calmly declared, "Mom, I cut my hair to get my bangs out of my eyes. I know you've wanted to do that for awhile now." That sweet girl was just trying to be helpful! She found some scissors in a nail manicure kit in Tyson's drawer that I didn't even know existed. I was pretty sad because her hair grows so slowly. I tried to fix it myself, without any luck, so we headed over to my friend and hair girl's house. While there, Kayla stared solemnly into the mirror the whole time. I tried to talk up the whole thing and gush over how cute she looked and she wouldn't respond much. Brittany had to cut more bangs and they ended up pretty short. When we got into the car, Kayla started to cry hard. She wailed that her bangs didn't get fixed. She was so brave to hold it together in front of Brittany. Its safe to say that she learned her lesson. Her short bangs grew on me quickly and they're growing back pretty well too. 

 

Kayla loves adventures and having fun. Every day, she asks me what we're doing tomorrow. She likes to have plans and know about them well in advance. She has an excellent memory, so I can't make any promises that won't happen. 


Kayla loves preschool and her teachers all love her! She's been attending the preschool at BYU-Idaho so its on the semester schedule. I didn't think she got into this current semester because we signed her up late and she was on the waiting list. The program director loves Kayla and I ran into her. She told me she would do her best to get Kayla in. This last week, I got a call that a spot opened up. I was relieved because she's been begging to go back since before Christmas. She loves having her own thing to do and even two days a week gives her the social exposure she needs. When I went to parent orientation on her birthday, the director pulled me aside and told me she personally put Kayla in this class. She said they needed Kayla because she is such a good speaker and makes friends with every other child and has wonderful relationships with her teachers. I couldn't help but be proud of her when I learned that. I love my social butterfly!


Kayla and Tyson have a great relationship. They fight, of course, but they get along really well a lot of the time. I can now send them up to the playroom and trust they'll play together pretty well for awhile. Especially lately, Kayla loves to be the one that calms Tyson down if he's upset. She gets the sweetest voice and reassures him and finds a solution to his crying. If I'm getting stressed or busy making dinner, she'll bring Tyson to the couch and 'read' him books. She has an amazing memory with books! I can read a book once and then she'll read it back to Tyson and get almost every word right. Its a bit mind blowing.


Kayla loves being outside in nature. We've gone sledding a few times and she could always stay out longer. This summer and fall, she begged to be outside all day long. She loves playing with other kids and I'm excited to see what friends she makes in our new neighborhood when it warms up outside. 


Kayla loves singing and dancing. I don't know any other kid that can twirl as long as Kayla can without any side affects! She loves dressing up like a princess and wearing her princess shoes and crowns and jewelry. She loves playing with babies and being a mom to them. She loves making food in her toy kitchen. Her favorite show to watch lately is Tinker Bell. She also loves Care Bears, Doc McStuffins, and Sofia the first. She actually doesn't love watching many princess movies because there's always a villain and she doesn't like that. 


Kayla has become pretty opinionated in her clothes lately. Its hard for me to get her to wear something unless I can show her a picture of her cousin Carly wearing the same outfit. She has a mind of her own in a lot of things, and while its frustrating, its also rewarding because I love that she's an independent thinker. Kayla became a Sunbeam at church this January and has loved it! It means a whole new level of independence for her. If I try to help her out of the van, she'll say, 'No mom, I don't need help. I'm a primary kid now.' Her prayers have also become very detailed and sweet lately. She never uses the phrase 'please bless us' but rather says, "Thank you that we can have fun tomorrow, thank you that we can be sweet to each other tomorrow, thank you that we can make good choices tomorrow." She also makes sure to say thank you for the Holy Ghost, the Gospel, and Jesus Christ. She loves to set goals for herself too, like I'm four years old now, so I don't scream anymore, Every night, she asks to lay out her clothes for the next day. 


Kayla got to be a flower girl for my best friend's wedding this fall. She loved every second of it. Right before the ceremony, she ran out and said she was scared. I reminded her that she got a surprise at the end if she did it all by herself and I saw her resolves in her eyes that she could do it. She was perfect and I felt like she grew up a little more that night. She loves her dress from the wedding and would wear it every Sunday if I let her. 


Kayla loves to help me cook and clean. She pulls chairs up and wants to pour in all the ingredients for me. She's good at picking up her toys and knows where everything goes, according to my own OCD organization habits. Sometimes I worry I'm turning her into a little OCD person, but I love that she likes things to be nice like I do. 


Kayla loves her daddy and can't wait for him to come home everyday but she's still a momma's girl. I think I understand her emotional nature better than Brett does because I can relate to it. She does get easily worked up and still cries a lot. I'm working hard with her about thinking of solutions rather than getting upset and crying. Its rough for me, but I think its hard for her when she gets so upset too. She also has become a bit of a tattle tale and we're working on that as well. 



Kayla loves weddings. We drove past a dress shop today, and she asked if she could have one of those dresses for her wedding. She then talked all about who she would marry. For quite awhile, she wanted to marry Tyson because they loved each other so much. :) She's also so excited about the new baby! She talks to the baby in my stomach and is very confident the baby is a girl. She tells me I forgot that its a girl if I try to tell her we don't know for sure yet (we're not finding out the gender for this one). She also loves telling Tyson about their little sister that will be coming soon. 



Kayla is obsessed with how tall/ big she is. She wants to be like the big kids so badly that she talks about it constantly. She loves that she is now four and a big kid. Poor girl thinks that she is going to grow taller than all the older kids soon and be bigger than them. She also loves to tell Tyson what he can't do yet because he isn't tall enough. I think he'll catch up to her before we know it though and may already weigh more than her. :)


Every time someone has said, "Happy Birthday" to her, she says it right back to them. She is such a sweet girl. I woke up with a cold this morning, and she kept covering me with a blanket when I was laying down and bringing me things to cuddle with or play with while I rested. 



Every night before bed, I ask Kayla is she knows how much I love her. She answers, "to the moon and back" and then says, "tell me...." and I proceed to ask her some questions. I ask her if she knows she is sweet, smart, funny, a good helper, a good dancer, etc. She loves this little ritual of ours and won't let me forget to do it. I cherish these moments between us as well. 




We sure love this little girl of ours. I'm excited to see her reach her potential in life. I hope I can be the mom she needs to be her best self. 


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Tyson 2 Years

 Our little buddy is two years old. Its starting to hit me that he really is a toddler now! He's one of the happiest kids I know! He is genuinely full of joy!


Tyson is curious and loves exploring. He climbs up on everything he can! I find him on the kitchen island more often than I should! He loves to run outside and racing is one of his favorite past times. I can get him to do anything by putting it into a race. He'll hear the word and race and stop in his tracks, say, "ready, set, GO!" and he's off! He loves helping me with whatever I'm doing. He mops all the time and grabs rags to scrub the walls and whatever else he can reach. 


Kayla and Tyson are frienemies. They either play together like the best of friends or make each other scream a lot! Kayla tries to by a mommy to Tyson, which he doesn't love. She is the one that can make him scream in anger like nobody else. He loves playing in her room with her toys but when she's not home, he goes straight for his room. I think he just wants to be with her.  

 

Tyson recently got his seat turned around and loves it! He already recognizes the direction we're going and will correct me if we go the wrong way or somewhere he doesn't want to go. He loves pointing out mommy's work and McDonalds. He's a great sleeper! He takes a 3 hour or longer nap every day (unless Kayla wakes him up) and sleeps from 7:45-8:15 or so every day. I love that he sleeps in! He definitely got that from me, :)


He loves walking with his hands in his pockets, but his hands get stuck, haha! He loves rocks, sticks, etc. He opens the fridge constantly and wants to be a big boy. On the morning of his birthday, he crawled out of his crib and marched out of his room all by himself, proud as can be. He still climbs out occasionally, but he'll stay in when its time to sleep. 


Tyson loves his daddy! Whenever either of us pick him up from anything (babysitter, nursery, etc.,), he joyfully runs to us and crashes into our legs. He has a hard time going somewhere if Kayla isn't with him. So far, they'e had nursery together, but next year, she'll be a sunbeam so hopefully he adjusts without her. She definitely takes good care of him when its just the two of them. 


Tyson talks constantly. I LOVE listening to all the new words I never knew that he knew! He repeats everything Kayla said, which is almost always a good thing. His favorite show to watch is BabyBum on YouTube and because of it, he knows his ABCs, can count past 10, his shapes, and does pretty well on colors, although he likes to say most things are green or yellow when first asked. He may actually be better at his letters than Kayla.


He got a lot of cars for his birthday and his favorite are the emergency ones with sirens. He pushes those around all the time. His favorite movie is Toy Story. He likes Cars too but Toy Story is first request every time. He loves Woody and got one from Grandma Betsy for his Birthday and carries it everywhere. He's terrified of the vacuum and constantly opens the closet to look at it. I don't know if he's facing his fears or what but its funny. He squeals with joy when he's happy and its loud, but its the best sound. 


His favorite book is the Truck book followed closely by an Elmo book. He finally can sit still long enough to enjoy a book or two. His favorite food is peanut butter sandwiches and he's just now starting to get a little picky about his food. He used to finish anything put in front of him - he was bottomless! Now, he'll eat one good meal and putter through dinner. I think he's hitting the toddler appetite phase. He loves apples, bananas, crackers, cheese sticks, clementines, macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, pizza, peas, and carrots.  


He loves saying he is 'STRONG!' And he's right! He is in the 95% for weight and 90% for height, which is where he's been from birth. He doesn't look huge, but he's a talk when you pick him up. His hair is growing long and thick. It sticks straight out at the neck when it grows so he needs frequent haircuts. 


He calls kisses hugs and gives big, open mouth kisses. Every night, he and I say his prayers, sing a few songs (he always requests the Daddy song, the mommy song, the Tyson song, and the Kayla song), then I ask him a series of questions. I ask him if he knows he's strong, sweet, silly, smart, and special. He grins and answers yes for each and then tells me that he is happy again, and kisses me on the cheek. Its my favorite part of the day with him! I always want to remember this little moment for us. 


Some of his funny things he says are, "Carry me daddy!" For a long time, he would say 'UnUh' for yes and it confused everyone. On his birthday, he magically started saying, 'yeah'. I kind of miss it a little bit. He constantly rattles off our family names and can list off people that we're going to see. He has a very good memory. He will grab my face and say, 'Mommy, look at me!" Whenever we take Kayla anywhere, he says, "Out now!" He hates getting left behind from pre-school or anything else. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Grand Canyon and Las Vegas!


On Saturday morning, we drove to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We had a picnic lunch along the canyon when we arrived and it was breathtaking!









We did a short hike to get a great outlook at our first stop. Kayla kept asking to pose in different places. She's quite the model! 



Brett insisted on climbing up this rock - nearly giving me a heart attack, especially when Kayla wanted to join him. :)



This backpack Tyson's wearing is the only thing that kept my sanity! The Grand Canyon is so beautiful but it spiked my anxiety exploring it with these two. 



We drove all along the North Rim to the far end where we got a different, yet amazing view. 



Tyson was a champ and walked for so much of our journey. We tried to stick to paved trails where the stroller could join us. 


My boys in one of God's greatest creations!



Grandma loved being able to see the Grand Canyon for the first time!






I love the adventures my life with Brett has taken me on. He is a great traveler, travel planner, and makes the most out of our time always. I sure love this guy!


That night we stayed in Hurricane at my good friend from high school's house. Rachel and her family were so hospitable to let us all crash there. Kayla LOVED her kids and I loved being able to catch up with Rachel!



We stopped by the St. George temple on Sunday morning before heading to Vegas. 


Since it was Conference weekend, we were able to listen while we drove, but I love that we were able to visit two temples that day to keep the focus on the Sabbath, despite traveling. 

 

We had a picnic lunch at the Las Vegas Temple and then headed to the rehearsal for Kendra's wedding.

When Kayla first started walking down the aisle, she dropped the few blades of grass she'd collected for practicing and then tossed that basket clear up into the trees and ran up the aisle! I wish we'd had the camera out! It was amazing! Because everyone was laughing so hard, it took quite a bit of convincing that she shouldn't do that on the actual wedding day though. :)


We explored a bit of Vegas, visiting the M&M store - which was a big hit, and the Coca Cola store before heading to the rehearsal dinner. We stayed at Ex Calibur and the kids were in love with the castle! They thought it was about the best thing ever!

 

We got a lot of candy in the dispenser area - it adds up fast!


Kayla was terrified of the Coca Cola Bear but Tyson thought he was pretty cool!


During dinner, the kids got antsy, so Brett took them to walk around the MGM Grand. Kayla wanted a picture with this dragon and just after it was taken, the dragon apparently roared and breathed smoke! The kids were traumatized! Haha!


I love the skyline of Las Vegas. Its so fun to see so many iconic views in one little place. I was also impressed with how clean the streets were. In the past, they've been covered in inappropriate images, but I didn't see hardly any at all, and I was on the lookout for my kid's sake! It was a bit of a relief.


We got the kids to bed, and Brett took mom to walk down the strip, since she's never been to Vegas. 


The next morning, we went to the Venetian to get Cake Boss treats at Carlo's! I was so excited because I love this show!

 

We then drove to the Hoover Dam. We invited another wedding guest who didn't have plans to come along with us after we met her at the dinner the night before. We didn't get any photos with her, but Amy fit in just like a member of the family! It was great!


We took the tour to go down under Hoover Dam and it was very impressive! I had no idea the engineering marvels that went into creating this huge dam!







It was trippy to look down over the railings!



We headed back to the pool to do a little swimming before the wedding! The slide pool was closed though and it was a little chilly, so we didn't stay too long. The kids had fun though!


We stopped by the Bellagio before the wedding to see the fountains and their impressive indoor display. The kids loved both! Mom was really impressed with the fountain, especially because it had been too windy the night before when she and Brett had gone out together. 




The song it was done to was "All That Jazz!"



Kayla and Kara, Kendra's younger sister!


I can't get over how beautiful Kendra is! Her dress was especially impressive, since she designed it herself and had it made through ETSY!

 

Rob and Kendra were married the same day as both hers and his parents! It was so special to see the wedding cake along with the two anniversary cakes. What a special moment to share over generations!


Kayla was the cutest little flower girl I've ever seen! Here she is with the bridal party!


I was so nervous for her and right before the ceremony, she got scared, but I got her calmed down and she was just perfect in her flower girl duties!


She didn't quite sit still through the whole thing but she did great!


I was asked to read a scripture from Ruth. 


Kayla and Natalie - the Matron of Honor, who helped Kayla and was so great with her! She even got a little present for doing her part so well!


It was a beautiful sunset wedding!


I couldn't have been more proud of Kayla!


No Vegas wedding is complete without an appearance from Elvis, or so I'm told!


My only regret from the evening is that I didn't get a picture with the bride!! Kendra and I have been friends since we were two years old. She's my oldest friend and I love her dearly. I'm so glad we were able to be there for her special day! I'm so happy for her and Rob!


I think they're going to be really happy together! 


They had a fun dance party at the end of the reception. Our kids were asleep back at the hotel with Grandma, so Brett and I were able to have a little fun together. While we were dancing, the father of the groom, who was celebrating his 50th anniversary, tapped us on the shoulders and said that we'd definitely be making it to 50 years as well. I don't doubt that one bit. I'm so lucky to have this guy by my side! We stopped and got a photo in front of the iconic Vegas sign. It was the perfect Vegas trip!


We stopped at one last view of Zion's on our drive back. Kolob Canyon is a hidden gem right off I-15!



We had a wonderful vacation! The drive back was amazing because the kids were so well behaved and slept so much! I had one day after getting home to get caught up on life and then worked four 12 hour days in a row. It feels good to be catching up on the blogging!